Online guide to scores on the doorsWebsite links to various schemes across country

17 October 2006

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A new service helps you access reports on the cleanliness of restaurants online.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recently announced several pilot schemes across Britain to publish the hygiene ratings given by environmental health inspectors, so consumers can check them before deciding where to eat.

Currently, not all councils publish these ratings - known as 'scores on the doors'. But the FSA's new interactive map will show you whether there's a scheme in your area.

FSA trials

The FSA's trials will involve up to 60 local authorities. Most are due to begin by January next year and the FSA then aims to find the most effective method and roll it out nationwide.

Some local authorities are publishing information independently of the FSA scheme. Which? welcomes the move to make these reports available, but we're also pushing for a consistent, nationwide scheme.

The scheme could eventually see all local councils display their environmental health inspectors' findings on their websites.

The FSA's map shows which schemes are running in England, Wales and Scotland and provides links to the various schemes.