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There was "overwhelming" support for a simplified 'Scores on the Doors' inspection regime, when stakeholders attended a seminar organised by the FSA in Scotland last month.

There was "overwhelming" support for a simplified 'Scores on the Doors' inspection regime, when stakeholders attended a seminar organised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland last month.

Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association, said the two-tier 'pass or fail' scheme, currently being piloted by five Scottish local authorities, was favoured over the more complex four-tier star system.

Councils in Perth and Kinross, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fife and Renfrewshire have been involved in the two-year food hygiene information pilot scheme, which ends in November.

The scheme applies to all outlets in the pilot areas that supply food to consumers. It is designed to give straightforward information about how each outlet fared at its last food hygiene inspection.

A 'pass' indicates that a business has broadly met legal requirements covering food safety. If a business fails to meet them, it will be issued with an 'Improvement Required' certificate.

Scott said there were differences across and within local authorities over the operation of a star system. He said there was a consensus at the seminar that the simpler scheme would work best, but he added that attention was also focused on whether there will be a UK-wide scheme. And he added that local authorities would need additional funding to help them publicise any new scheme

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