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FSA urges vigilance in light of food hygiene rating scam

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

Three local authorities in Wales and one in England have received reports of a person claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or the local authority. This person is approaching food businesses, demanding money for a food hygiene re-rating inspection and warning that failure to pay will result in a fine.

The FSA stated that local authorities and the FSA would never demand money in this way. There is no charge for food hygiene inspections, however, local authorities may charge for an inspection when a food business requests a re-rating.

The FSA advises if businesses are targeted by a food hygiene inspection scam or Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, that they do not provide any details or make any payments. If anyone has suspicions, the FSA advises businesses to report their suspicions to the local authority, this link will provide contact details of the local authority in an area.