MP backs food hygiene rating

AN MP is backing a new national food hygiene rating scheme.

Easington MP Grahame Morris is supporting the new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) which aims to show how good the hygiene standards are at places where people can eat or buy food.

The FHRS, which is run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, hopes to give customers a glimpse into the areas of food businesses that they don’t normally see.

Businesses will be inspected by local council food safety officers and will then be rated using a green and black food hygiene sticker.

The stickers will display a rating of zero to five, zero meaning urgent improvement necessary and five meaning very good.

To mark Food Safety Week last week, Mr Morris attended a Parliamentary event hosted by the FSA.

He said: “We shouldn’t feel we are gambling with our health when we eat out. This scheme can help people judge whether they consider the hygiene standards of a food outlet to be good enough.

“If customers are looking for a hygiene rating, this will drive businesses to improve their standards.”