Public Health Lawyers Back Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Awareness Campaign

The Food Standard Agency Urges Consumers To Look For Food Hygiene Stickers

08.02.2016

Public Health experts at Irwin Mitchell are backing the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA’s) ‘Look For The Sticker’ campaign, which encourages consumers to look out for the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) sticker that awards businesses a 0 – 5 hygiene rating. 

The ratings are awarded to businesses supplying or serving food direct to consumers such as restaurants, takeaways, cafés, pubs, hotels, schools, hospitals, care homes, supermarkets and other retailers. 

According to the FSA’s latest research, consumers still make assumptions on food business organisations based on their visual appearance and recommendations, despite the high awareness and positivity towards the scheme. 

Specialist Public Health experts at Irwin Mitchell, who have represented thousands of UK consumers that have suffered illness as a result of hygiene problems in the UK and abroad, have welcomed the ‘Look for a Sticker’ campaign, and have urged consumers to ensure they regularly make use of the system when dining out. 

Amandeep Dhillon, a Partner and expert Public Health lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who is currently representing over 300 people affected by a norovirus outbreak at a Toby Carvery restaurant in Exeter, said:

Expert Opinion
“We would encourage consumers to look for the FSA ratings stickers when considering where to buy food products, however, it is important to note that currently it is not a legal requirement for businesses in England to display their ratings.

“We also want to encourage food businesses to ensure their hygiene rating stickers are displayed, as well as calling for increased legislation to make displaying the ratings a legal requirement in England. It’s important to provide consumers with this information so that they can make an informed judgement as to whether or not they would still like to eat at the establishment.

“Through the work we do, we see how poor hygiene can seriously affect the lives of those who go out to enjoy a nice meal with their friends and family. We are backing the FSA’s scheme to encourage consumers to ensure they’re doing all they can to eat at healthy and hygienic establishments.

"These thoughts have been echoed by key figures in the Public Health arena."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner