New rules introduced in Wales to ensure takeaways promote food hygiene ratings on publicity materials


08 December 2016

From 28 November, takeaway food businesses across Wales have been required to publish a bilingual statement on any publicity materials distributed that reminds customers that its food hygiene rating can be viewed online.

Fish and chipsIf a takeaway leaflet or menu advertises food for sale, the price of the food, and a way of ordering the food without visiting the premises, it will also have to include a statement that reminds customers they can check the hygiene rating of the business on the FHRS website. The leaflet must also remind consumers they can ask the business for their food hygiene rating when they order.  

Wales was the first country in the UK to introduce a statutory food hygiene rating scheme in November 2013, when the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 made it mandatory for food businesses to display their food hygiene rating on their premises. This new requirement marks the third anniversary of the scheme.

Since the introduction of the scheme, there has been a positive impact on hygiene standards in Wales. Over 94% of food businesses in Wales now have a Generally Satisfactory rating or higher (3 or above).

Councillor Gwyn John, chair of the Shared Regulatory Service, a partnership between Bridgend Council, Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council that delivers Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Private Sector Housing and Licensing services, said:

“The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has gone from strength to strength since it was first introduced, and has been a key factor in driving up food hygiene standards.”