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FHRS and FHIS – Display of ratings and inspection results at food business premises


<p>The objective of the research is to:</p>
<p><ol><li>ascertain how many food businesses displayed their FHRS rating or FHIS ‘Pass’ result and where it was displayed</li>
<li>consider the impacts, if any, of displaying the FHRS rating/FHIS ‘Pass’ result</li>
<li>understand the drivers for businesses that display their FHRS rating / FHIS ‘Pass’ inspection result</li>
<li>understand what would encourage businesses not currently displaying their rating/ ‘Pass’ inspection result to do so</li></ol></p>

<p>The research included an audit of a sample of businesses that had been given an FHRS rating or FHIS ‘Pass’ inspection result to record the presence (or absence) of FHRS/FHIS stickers and/or certificates and identify where these were displayed. </p>

<p>Telephone interviews of approximately 500 businesses in each country were also carried out. These included questions about awareness of FHRS/FHIS, the claimed receipt and display of a sticker and/or certificate, including location of display and the reasons for display or non-display. This sample included a proportion of the businesses that had been audited. </p>

<p>In addition to the FHRS/FHIS work, an audit was undertaken of businesses in London in areas where ‘Scores on the Doors’ is still operating to establish the levels of display of star ratings.</p>

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<p>The FHRS for England Wales and Northern Ireland and the FHIS for Scotland are FSA/local authority partnership initiatives for providing consumers with information about hygiene standards in places where they eat or shop for food. The overarching aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness (and the associated cost to the economy) through improved hygiene standards.</p>

<p>Businesses are given stickers/certificates with their FHRS rating or FHIS inspection result and encouraged, though not required, to display these at their premises. This voluntary approach was agreed by the FSA Board in December 2008, however t it was also agreed that this voluntary approach should be kept under review.</p>

<p>Research on the voluntary display of FHRS ratings at business premises in Wales was carried out in 2011 to inform the work on a Bill to introduce mandatory display of ratings there. This research was extended to England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to inform the FSA’s wider review of the voluntary approach to the display of ratings/inspection results. </p>

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