Food hygiene is getting easier to spot in Northern Ireland
The Food Hygiene Rating Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and associated regulations have come into force, and this new legislation means that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is now mandatory, replacing the voluntary scheme run since the end of 2011 by district councils and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
No matter what the rating of the food business, they will have to by law display the rating sticker given by the district council following inspection. This can range from ‘5’ which means the food hygiene standards are very good, down to ‘0’ where urgent improvement is necessary.
This instant and visible hygiene rating information will help people choose where to eat out or shop for food, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways as well as supermarkets, other food shops and hospitals, care homes and schools.
Over the next few months more stickers will be seen, displayed in locations where they can be easily spotted before you go in to get food.
Next year as a result of a further regulation, businesses which offer on line ordering of food will need to publish their rating online so it can be seen before an order is placed. ■