Should displaying food hygiene ratings be compulsory in Welwyn Hatfield?

PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 11 July 2017

Should displaying food hygiene ratings be compulsory in Welwyn Hatfield?

Should displaying food hygiene ratings be compulsory in Welwyn Hatfield?

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Welwyn Hatfield borough councillors discussed whether businesses should be forced to display food hygiene ratings during a full council meeting last night.

While discussing the Food Safety Service Plan at yesterday’s meeting, councillor James Broach put a question to the council which saw the majority of councillors nodding in agreement.

Councillor Broach asked: “Currently the displaying of the green sticker of a business’ food hygiene rating is optional but perhaps it should be looked at to see if it should be compulsory?

“Our residents should be able to see this and make a decision on whether they want to eat there or not.”

Councillor Bernard Sarson answered: “In England, it is not compulsory for a food business to display its rating on its door or anywhere in the restaurant.

“Some time ago I wrote to the government asking if this could be made compulsory but I haven’t had an answer yet.

“But I totally agree.

“If we all avoid food places that do not display food ratings they will wonder why their business is failing.”

Councillor Sarson highlighted that food hygiene ratings could also be checked by the public online if they are not displayed on the door.

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