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ACS calls on Welsh government to scrap plans for new food hygiene scheme

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Welsh Government to ditch plans to introduce a compulsory food hygiene rating scheme which would it claims would cost retailers around £225,000 a year.

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ACS calls on Welsh government to scrap plans for new food hygiene scheme

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the Welsh Government to ditch plans to introduce a compulsory food hygiene rating scheme which would it claims would cost retailers around £225,000 a year.

The plans would require all food businesses to display their food hygiene rating at the front of their premises and also require all Welsh Local Authorities to adopt a new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, replacing the current voluntary scheme conducted by the Food Standards Agency. The mandatory scheme would also include cost recovery measures for re-rating.

In its submission, ACS has recommended that new regulations should only be introduced in cases where there is a clear risk to customers or where the outcomes justify the additional burden on retailers.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: "Under the current system, all 22 Welsh local authorities participate in the FSA’s voluntary scheme. A mandatory scheme that would replace successful existing voluntary measures and introduce disproportionate burdens to smaller retailers cannot be justified.

"We have urged the Welsh Assembly Government to consider alternative options before legislation is introduced, such as more effective use of technology and better communication between local authorities, the public and retailers."

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