Over 250 local authority environmental health departments are now implementing the new food hygiene ratings scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scottish authorities are committed to a slightly different scheme called the Food Hygiene Information Scheme).
Apart from the potential for customers using the scheme to choose where to eat, it has been reported that ratings are also influencing decisions made on tenders and prospective business investment. Businesses are also starting to use the ratings to identify reputable suppliers with the potential for the termination of long-term contracts. The scheme has therefore started to have a growing significance and potential for impact on the industry.
Whatever your view on the scheme getting a good score is important for businesses and operators are advised to find out more about the scheme and brief managers on its significance. ENcentre can provide operators with the information they need to score highly and detail what action operators can take if they are awarded a poor rating.