The official food hygiene rating of every restaurant listed on the Just Eat platform is now available, giving consumers direct access to the latest Food Standard Agency (FSA) information for over 30,000 restaurants and takeaways.
The move follows new data showing that 93% of people support mandatory display of the information online. Indeed, 81% said it is important they know the food hygiene rating of a business before making a purchase.
The food hygiene rating scheme gives businesses a rating from five to zero. Display of the score is mandatory in Wales and Northern Ireland but voluntary in England.
The National Audit Office recently urged the FSA to “press ahead” with new laws requiring businesses in England to display their rating. The Agency has prepared an evidence case for ministerial consideration. However, a statutory scheme will require new primary legislation and a suitable parliamentary bill has not yet been identified.
Graham Corfield, UK managing director at Just Eat, said showing the ratings will have the “dual benefit of giving customers all the information they want, while also incentivising restaurants to invest in food safety and ultimately drive standards up across the whole industry”.
The FSA and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) encouraged other platforms to follow Just Eat’s lead.
Earlier this year, Just Eat announced a £1m investment to provide bespoke training programmes to improve standards among restaurants with ratings lower than three. All zero-rated restaurants were also removed from the platform, whilst all new sign ups now require a minimum rating of three.