UK-wide 'scores on the doors' scheme on hygiene standards in food businesses (Northern Ireland)
Tuesday 20 May 2008
The Food Standards Agency is seeking your views on proposals for establishing a UK-wide ‘scores on the doors’ (SOTD) scheme to provide consumers with information about hygiene standards in food businesses.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Local Authority Unit
Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland
10A-10C Clarendon Road
Belfast BT1 3BG
Tel: 02890 417763
Fax: 02890 417728
Responses are requested by: 15 August 2008
The scheme will be supported by a centrally funded branding and marketing exercise and by a national promotional campaign to raise awareness of consumers and food businesses. Assessment of hygiene standards is undertaken by our local authority partners, and we are also seeking views on a support package to assist them in implementing and operating the UK-wide scheme.
Comments are sought on:
- the essential features of a UK-wide scheme, and on two different options for the scoring element of the scheme – a 'three-star, plus fail' (four-tier) system and a 'pass/improvement required' (two-tier) system (based on one currently being piloted in Scotland) – details are given at the link below
- other options for the scoring element of the scheme, based on your experience of existing scoring systems, such as the various five-star systems that are being operated
- the essential elements of the necessary support package for local authorities operating the scheme
- the draft Impact Assessment for the UK-wide scheme
Full details of the scheme and background information are available at the link below.
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, which states that a consultation must follow better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland). The assessment is included in the consultation documents.
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