Hygiene Ratings Pushed To Takeaway Leaflets
Takeaways and restaurants are now legally required to make it clear where to find their hygiene rating on any leaflets that come through our letterboxes.
It's the latest step in making food outlets more transparent three years on since the 'scores-on-the-doors' rules were enforced.
Latest figures show that over 94% of food businesses in Wales now have a generally satisfactory rating or higher (3 or above), with 62.5% of Welsh food businesses having the highest 5 rating (Very Good).
Now, if a takeaway leaflet or menu shows food for sale, the price and a way of ordering the food without visiting the premises, it will also have to include a bilingual statement encouraging customers to check the food hygiene rating of the business on the food hygiene ratings website.
The statement will also remind customers that they have a legal right to ask the food business for their food hygiene rating when they order over the phone.
The also lets food businesses to voluntarily display their valid food hygiene rating on this type of publicity material, but if they do so the rating must be valid and in the specified format so it can be clearly seen.
Rebecca Evans is the Minister for Social Services and Public Health in Wales:
"The food hygiene scheme has been one of the great success stories of made-in-Wales legislation. It has been key to driving up standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food businesses across Wales.
The new rules are designed to offer extra protection to customers ordering food over the phone, or online, who will not have the opportunity to see the rating physically displayed in the premises before ordering.
The display of the statement on leaflets will encourage consumers to view the rating online and to ask the takeaway food business for their food hygiene rating over the phone before ordering."