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Economic Impact of Posting Restaurant Ratings: UK and US Experience

  • Derrick JonesEmail author
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Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

Abstract

This chapter provides a brief overview of UK and US experience from the introduction of restaurant hygiene rating schemes. Restaurant rating schemes have evolved over time and are known by a variety of names, depending on their location. They differ in their operational details and design, but they share common features and the same general intention—to display a simple hygiene score for a restaurant, based on the results of an official hygiene inspection, in order that consumers have access to the information at the point where they are making decisions about where to eat.

Keywords

Restaurant hygiene rating Evaluation Foodborne illness Market failure Quality uncertainty 

Abbreviations

DHS

Department of Health Services

FHIS

Food Hygiene Inspection Scheme

FHRS

Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme

FSA

Food Standards Agency/UK

FSS

Food Safety Scotland

LAs

Local Government Authorities/UK

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am grateful for the helpful comments I received when drafting this chapter from colleagues at the Food Standards Agency. I am also grateful to the FSA and to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health for their respective permission to include illustrations of the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme sticker and inspection display poster.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Economic Consultant, and former Chief Economist and Head of the Analysis and Research Division at the UK Food Standards Agency (Retired)LondonUK

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