New food hygiene ratings to be revealed in Welwyn Hatfield

A NEW Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is being launched today (Thursday) in Welwyn Hatfield.

All restaurants, supermarkets, takeaways, bakeries, delicatessens and pubs will now be given a score from zero to five – which residents will be able to find out for themselves.

Although eateries will not be forced to display their stickers, a good rating is sure to encourage business.

Premises will gain their score at their next inspection, sometime in the next six months to two years.

The scheme will be run in partnership by Welwyn Hatfield Council and the Government’s Food Standards Agency

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Cllr Bernard Sarson said: “The FHRS partnership will benefit both food businesses and the people who eat and shop in them.

“People eating out and food shopping in Welwyn Hatfield will be able to use the ratings when deciding which outlets to visit, and we hope that food businesses will recognise that displaying a good hygiene rating is good for business.

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“When customers expect to see a rating, there is a real incentive for food businesses to maintain good hygiene standards.”

* Welwyn Hatfield has more than 750 registered food businesses. You will be able to look up their scores by following the link above right.

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