Lord Young’s Vision for Scores on the Doors Schemes
Yesterday I was at a conference in London and heard the Government’s advisor, Lord Young speak. He has recently carried out a review of health and safety laws at the request of the Prime Minister.He made some rather revealing comments about the Government’s plans for scores on the doors schemes – which I think surprised both representatives of the HSE and the Food Standards Agency! To sum up, his vision is this:> The FSA’s national food hygiene rating scheme will run throughout the UK. All local authorities will be required to run it including those that currently run their own schemes.> From next November, it will be compulsory that all food businesses supplying directly to consumers display their score at the entrance to the business (unless low scorers start to do so voluntarily).> Scores on the doors inspections will be more frequent, will be charged for and will mainly be carried out by the commercial sector not local authorities.> A catering ‘standard’ will be devised and inspection bodies will be UKAS accredited.All very interested stuff – watch this space!