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Take-away Food: Safety

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Food Standards Agency has to improve standards of hygiene in fast food outlets. (220883)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has a range of initiatives aimed at improving hygiene standards in retail and catering outlets. This includes the 'Safer Food, Better Business' programme to promote uptake of food safety management systems. Part of this programme has been a special grant scheme which, to date, has distributed over £9 million to over three-quarters of local authorities in England to provide direct support to over 50,000 small businesses.

The FSA is also currently consulting on proposals for a United Kingdom-wide 'scores on the doors' scheme to provide information to consumers about hygiene standards of individual food businesses so that they make informed choices about where they purchase food.

Details of these and other FSA initiatives are available on the FSA's website at

www.food.gov.uk.