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'Scores on the doors' should be compulsory in England

All food premises in England should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws on food safety are converted into UK law after Brexit, argues the Local Government Association.

Council environmental health teams score food outlets from 0 to 5 based on factors such as kitchen cleanliness, cooking methods and food management. Businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are already legally required to display their rating. But in England, businesses do not have to display the rating they have been awarded, and those scoring low marks are much less likely to put them on show to customers.

Local government leaders say current EU laws regulating food safety are good and need to be kept after Brexit. But the LGA also wants the Government to see Brexit as an opportunity to strengthen these food safety laws, including by extending the mandatory display of ‘Scores on the Doors’ to England. This would improve consumer confidence and raise standards, and also reduce the need for (and cost of) enforcement action by councils. Read more here.

The Sustain alliance campaigns for greener, fairer and healthier food systems for everyone. Find out more about our activities for a Better Food Brexit here.

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Published 22 Sep 2017

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