Official statistics published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) show that the food hygiene rating scheme is being used more than ever before to assess food hygiene standards.
The public attitudes tracker survey monitors changes in consumer attitudes to food-related issues, and covers consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The latest results, from May 2019, show the public’s use of hygiene stickers has jumped to 66%, compared to 60% in the previous wave from November 2018.
85% of respondents reported being aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from. The most commonly reported ways of knowing about hygiene standards were via food hygiene ratings stickers (66%) and the general appearance of the premises (59%).
Source: FSA, 31 July 2019