The scores on the doors are changing from stars

Debbie Robinson and Debra Duffy with the "Scores on the Doors" at Burnley Road  Academy, Mytholmroyd.
Debbie Robinson and Debra Duffy with the "Scores on the Doors" at Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd.

THE popular Scores on the Doors food hygiene ratings are changing.

Calderdale Council’s environmental health team has run the scheme for five years.

It has given consumers information on the quality of food outlets which have been encouraged to achieve five-star ratings.

From late April the authority will be joining the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme run by the Food Standards Agency.

The new scheme will replace star ratings with a six tier numbers (0 to 5) and premises will be get stickers to display ratings.

Band widths will become more critical and a rating of two will no longer be legally compliant as under the new scheme a rating of three is generally satisfactory.

The scheme is being adopted nationally by local authorities and appeals against ratings will still be allowed.

The council said Scores on the Doors had raised standards and the new scheme will continue the work across a wider range of businesses and for the first time mobile vehicles will be included.

Environmental health manager Peter Broadbent said the majority of food business operators had been informed of the change.

“The change to the new system will give assurance to local business that the rating that is applied to their business in Calderdale will be consistent, not only across West and Yorkshire, but across the country, as more areas adopt the national scheme,” he said.