Food Law News - UK - 2008

FSA News Item, 18 November 2008

HYGIENE - Agency publishes views on scores on the doors legal issues

For a copy of the FSA document available on this site, see: Scores on the doors legal issues

The Food Standards Agency has today published its views on a number of legal questions around the establishment of a UK-wide 'scores on the doors' scheme. Scores on the doors schemes provide consumers with information about hygiene standards in food businesses.

The issues covered include the Agency's legal powers to set up and endorse a UK-wide scheme, local authority powers to operate a scheme and how the Freedom of Information Act relates to scores on the doors.

The Agency has recently consulted on proposals for a UK-wide scheme and its Board will discuss the outcome of this at its meeting on 10 December. The Agency is also currently meeting with key stakeholders to consider the consultation results and to discuss with them how to move forward towards a UK-wide scheme.

Sarah Appleby, Head of Enforcement at the Food Standards Agency, said: 'It is very important that any UK-wide "scores on the doors" scheme is both fair and legally robust. This document addresses some of the key legal issues and these issues will be considered by the Board in December along with the responses to our recent consultation.'

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