The food hygiene rating system has been around for a few years now and has gained a lot of publicity. All you need to do is check the local papers and see that its becoming increasing popular for social media to publicise food businesses that have a poor “food hygiene rating”.
So why do so many food businesses still have a poor food hygiene rating? Could it be ignorance, can’t be bothered as long as sales continues or a total disregard to legal requirements?
The impact of a poor food hygiene rating includes; poor business reputation, increase risk of prosecution, increase risk of customer complaints etc.
Advantages of having and maintaining a good food hygiene rating includes; good business reputation/ publicity, better sales, less customer complaints, shows that management is committed to good food hygiene practices etc.
Are you a food business owner? As a business you should ensure that obtaining and maintaining a good food hygiene rating is a priority.
There are resources available to help you keep on top. This can be either through your local Environmental Health department or by engaging a food safety consultant.