Northern Ireland extends FHRS

Northern Ireland has extended the food hygiene rating scheme (FHRS) throughout the province, with an additional seven districts bringing the total under the scheme to 24.

The scheme, which is run by the FSA in Northern Ireland in partnership with district councils, now covers over 14,000 businesses, including butchers, delis, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. It was launched in Northern Ireland last June, with 17 out of 26 councils signing up. The latest district councils to join the scheme include Antrim, Ballymena, Limavady, Lisburn, Moyle, Larne and Newtownabbey.

Gerry McCurdy, NI director of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said: “I am delighted to say the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) has been embraced by every district council area in Northern Ireland, with the final two going live at the end of this year. The councils clearly recognise its value and want to help people make informed choices around the purchase of food – wherever they eat or shop.

“Would-be diners can now check out Food Hygiene Ratings online and they can also look out for the scheme’s green and black stickers and certificates that food businesses are proudly displaying in their premises, not just in Northern Ireland, but also throughout England and Wales.”

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