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A Welsh Government law requiring cafes and restaurants to publicly display their food hygiene rating has come in for criticism. It comes as figures show more than a thousand food premises in Wales have been given a score of zero or one for food hygiene - the lowest scores.
A county by county breakdown shows the large number of food premises in Wales with a low hygiene rating.
Figures show more than 1,100 food premises across the country have a zero or one rating.
The Food Standards Agency introduced the scheme, which give food premises a hygiene rating of between zero and five, across the country in 2010.
Number of food premises, zero rating, one rating:
- Anglesey: 758, 0, 11
- Blaenau Gwent: 499, 0, 19
- Bridgend: 1,006, 11, 56
- Caerphilly: 1,083, 1, 56
- Cardiff: 2,487, 8, 154
- Carmarthen: 1,292, 4, 28
- Ceredigion: 707, 4, 32
- Conwy: 1,263, 6, 31
- Denbighshire: 817, 3, 16
- Flintshire: 891, 2, 19
- Gwynedd: 1,688, 1, 12
- Merthyr Tydfil: 413, 1, 32
- Monmouthshire: 731, 1, 31
- Neath Port Talbot: 750, 2, 55
- Newport: 1,008, 4, 41
- Pembrokeshire: 1,634, 3, 69
- Powys: 1,723, 9, 89
- Rhondda Cynon Taff: 1,654, 9, 76
- Swansea: 1,309, 1, 97
- Torfaen: 549, 5, 29
- Vale of Glamorgan: 1,003, 8, 60
- Wrexham: 853, 0, 19
More than 1,100 food premises across Wales have a zero or one rating for food hygiene, figures show.
Run by the Food Standards Agency, the scheme scores businesses on their hygiene ranging from zero to five, with five the highest.
Bridgend has the most zero-rated premises at 11 with nine each in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Powys.
In Swansea, 98 premises have been rated zero or one out of total of 1,309.
The most premises with a one rating was in Cardiff with 154. The capital has the most food establishments at almost 2,500.
A new law is being introduced by the Welsh Government that means from today, businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises.
The statutory grading system replaces a voluntary scheme. It's being rolled out to all places where people eat out and shop for food, as well as hospitals and schools.
Of the Welsh businesses rated so far, 104 have scored zero - which means urgent improvement is necessary.
There are around a million cases of food-borne illness in the UK each year, and some 500 deaths are reported annually..
Alexandra Lodge reports.
Health minister Mark Drakeford says that the food hygiene laws will have many benefits for the food industry and on our health.
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The rating system will be based on criteria including food handling standards, how the food is prepared, cooked, cooled and stored as well as the condition of the premises and the procedures in place to ensure food is produced safely.
Displaying the ratings has only been voluntary up until now, but from today all food outlets will be forced to display their score by law.
Businesses will be rated with a score between 0 and 5 - with 0 meaning urgent improvement is necessary and a 5 rating meaning hygiene standards are very good.
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