What happens of the food business fails to comply with any of the requirements under the scheme?
If a business that has a rating under the statutory scheme and they:
- fail to display a valid food hygiene rating sticker;
- display an invalid food hygiene rating sticker;
- fail to retain a valid food hygiene rating sticker;
- part with possession of a food hygiene rating to a person other than an authorised food safety officer;
- deny a request from a person to advised of the premises' food hygiene rating verbally;
- provide misleading information about the premises' food hygiene rating when requested to provide the rating verbally;
- defaces, alters or tampers with a food hygiene rating sticker,
they will be committing an offence under the legislation.
Persons who commit offences under the legislation may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by authorised officers of the local authority.
Fixed penalty notices give the person the opportunity to pay a penalty of £200 within 28 days (reduced to £150 if paid within 14 days of issue).
Persons who have committed offences under the legislation, or obstruct an authorised officer may be prosecuted.