B975 - Food Hygiene Rating Display Bill 2016 (Second Reading) Watch

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B975 - Food Hygiene Rating Display Bill 2016 (Second Reading), Her Majesty's Government
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Force food establishments to display their food hygiene rating from the FSA to all customers.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Definitions
(1) FSA: Food Standards Agency
(2) Food establishment: Any business which makes or prepares food which would usually be inspected by the FSA.

2 Display of food hygiene rating
(1) All food establishments must display their food hygiene rating which they have received from the FSA for all customers to see.
(1.1) This must be displayed somewhere where customers are able to see it from outside the food establishment.
(2) All food establishments must also display their food hygiene rating on their website.
(2.1) This must be displayed either on their homepage, or on their menu page.
(2.2) They will receive a digital version of the hygiene rating from the FSA which will have a unique code linked to that establishment, so it can be confirmed they are displaying the correct rating. If they display an incorrect rating, they will receive a penalty as below.
(2.3) This unique code will also be displayed on the FSA's online list of hygiene ratings for establishments, and the public will be able to report the establishment through an online form if they believe the establishment is displaying an incorrect rating.
(3) Establishments are given 7 days to display their hygiene rating, after which, they will receive a penalty fine.

3 Exceptions
(1) Any establishment which is run from premises used mainly as a private dwelling, or run from mobile or temporary premises are exempt from. They must still display it on their website if they have one.

4 Penalties
(1) If a food establishment fails to display this where customers can see from outside, or displays an incorrect rating on their website, the establishment will receive a fine:
(1.1) First time: £1000
(1.2) Second time: £2000
(1.3) Third time and every time after: £5000
(2) Establishments are given 7 days to put up the hygiene rating or the correct one on their website, without being fined a second time. After this, they will receive another fine.

5 Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Food Hygiene Rating Display Act 2016.
(2) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.

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At the moment, food establishments are not required by law to display their food hygiene rating. In these cases, the only way the public can be sure, is to look online, which many do not know about. This Bill would require all food establishments to display their hygiene rating where customers can see when they're walking down the street looking for somewhere to eat.

This would help encourage establishments to improve the hygiene, and to strive for a higher rating.

This would not cost anything, as the stickers are always provided to the establishment by the FSA already, and has the potential to generate revenue through fines, which could go back into the FSA to continue to help make sure everyone is safe when eating out.


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Added in Section 3 to allow food businesses who are run from private dwellings, or who use temporary or mobile premises do not have to display their hygiene rating so it can be seen from outside. However, they do still have to display it on their website if they have one.
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Interesting the thing about mobile premises, because this is already in place in Wales and includes mobile premises like burger vans.
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Interesting the thing about mobile premises, because this is already in place in Wales and includes mobile premises like burger vans.
I wasn't 100% sure about including mobile or not. I felt that if home dwellings are exempt, temporary premises should be too, hence that one is included.

I'll probably gauge reactions about the mobile ones, and then either leave it, or remove it for division.
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Just what I wanted to see!

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Still think it should refer to the sign being able to be read, rather than seen - easiest to do this by referring to how prominently displayed it must be.
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We should always be able to know about the food we eat, and so an aye from me.
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Very good bill in my opinion. People should always be informed as to what it is they are eating, I would however suggest that after the third time, closure would be a better 'threat'.
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Aye from me, although I do think if a mobile van has an FSA rating it should have to display it.
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Aye of course
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No, I did support the bill but section three is a terrible addition because the establishments more likely to have poor hygiene are portable burger vans, other portable outlets, and home-based establishments where the kitchen is not to commercial standards: the law should apply to all establishments.
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(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
No, I did support the bill but section three is a terrible addition because the establishments more likely to have poor hygiene are portable burger vans, other portable outlets, and home-based establishments where the kitchen is not to commercial standards: the law should apply to all establishments.
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Aye from me, although I do think if a mobile van has an FSA rating it should have to display it.
I will be removing portable/mobile premises from the exemption.

Nigel, in terms of home businesses, I would actually argue that they're more likely to have higher standards, most likely because if they have customers coming round then they're much more likely to be able to see the conditions, and whether they're good or not. And if they're not, just a couple of customers complaining and posting on social media about it could severely damage the reputation of that home business. You can also still see their ratings online as you can with all establishments, and home premises will still have to display it on their website if they have a website.
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This bill is in cessation.
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Division! Clear the lobbies!
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