Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Supporting EDM 566 calling for food hygiene ratings to be displayed

I have added my name to Early Day Motion 566, which was tabled by my colleague David Crausby, the MP for Bolton North East. The Motion states:

That this House notes the difference in available food hygiene information in different parts of the UK; acknowledges that under UK law food outlets have no compulsion to display their food hygiene information, and customers can often only find this information online; recognises the value of a food hygiene rating system in helping the public to check standards and choose where to eat in or take food away; and calls on the Government to follow the example of the Welsh Assembly and introduce tougher laws that require all food outlets to display a sticker showing their food hygiene rating in a prominent place in entrances to their premises.

Earlier this year it emerged that East Lancashire, and Hyndburn in particular had a very patchy record when it came to food safety – with 44 of 656 premises coming in the bottom health and safety categories. See links below.

I think the calls contained within the motion make a lot of sense. The public should have access to as much information as possible when it comes to health and safety issues such as this, so that they can make more informed decisions, and establishments are incentivised to improve hygiene.

Hyndburn has highest proportion of food outlets in need of ... › News › Facebook
27 Aug 2015 - Accrington Observer: The best of Accrington Observer in your Facebook feed ... He said: “Food hygiene is vital and action must be taken to improve standards. ... “We take food hygiene seriously and when premises are found to be lacking they are ... Antley Methodist Church, Blackburn Road, Accrington (1);.

Scores on the Doors : Hyndburn Borough Council

We currently have Food Hygiene inspection results for 663 premises from Hyndburn Borough ... Search Food Hygiene Ratings for Hyndburn Borough Council.

Food hygiene shock as nearly 120 outlets deemed in need ...

17 Aug 2015 - ALMOST 120 food outlets in East Lancashire have officially been deemed in need of ... Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author ... “Food hygiene is vital and action must taken to improve standards and close those ...

Food hygiene ratings revealed: Blackburn's most popular ...

10 Jul 2015 - RECENT inspections into the hygiene ratings at Blackburn's most popular eateries ... Lancashire Telegraph ... The food hygiene ratings scheme is operated in Blackburn by ..... This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice.

Ordering in tonight? Check out our downloadable guide to ...

18 Sep 2015 - Lancashire Telegraph ... Check out our downloadable guide to food hygiene ratings in Blackburn ... Each business is given their hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency when it is inspected by a food safety officer from ...

Lancashire eateries rated 'zero' for food hygiene - BBC News

13 Aug 2015 - More than 370 eateries in Lancashire receive poor food hygiene ... Lancashire eateries rated 'zero' for food hygiene ... Lancashire Telegraph.

Food safety - Hyndburn Borough Council

The Food Safety Team ensures all food and drink prepared, manufactured or offered for sale within the ... Accrington Observer Lancashire Telegraph Feedback.