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  ‘Scores on the doors’ scheme now law in Wales
 THE Foods Standards Agency’s national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for all food outlets has been made compulsory in Wales.
Whilst it remains a recommendation in the rest of the UK, all businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will have to display a “scores on the doors” sticker prominently on their premises.
The aim of the scheme,
which is run in partnership with local authorities, is to encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards and thus the incidence of food-borne illness.
Whilst each local authority can choose whether or not to take part, 96 per cent of areas in England and Northern Ireland have
signed up.
And once they have signed up all
food outlets, whether they sell takeaway products for later cooking or consumption, or provide catering such as market cafes and mobile vehicles, are obliged to take part in the scheme. Scores on the Doors is part of the digital age — smartphone users can download an app which will provide them with food hygiene ratings for establishments either in their locality or in a location they
           Scores on the Doors on iPhone
So all a customer has to do is stand in the market and find out which businesses have the best ratings.
        Modern market on the cards for Dudley
  COUNCILLORS keen to give a boost to town centre regeneration at Dudley in Worcestershire have given the go-ahead to a replacement of its outdoor High Street market.
Members of the council’s development control committee endorsed a scheme to replace the existing fixed structure with modern stalls and facilities.
Planning officers said the existing stalls, built in the eighties as a replica of the town’s historic market, did not make a “positive
contribution to the appearance of the area.”
Proposals include new toilets and storage facilities for market traders, and the plan is carry out the work in phases to keep disruption to a minimum.
Giving his backing, Coun Asif Ahmed said: “The new market is a small piece of a jigsaw, hopefully it will be put together and become a masterpiece.”
The scheme is part of a wider redevelopment plan for the centre of Dudley, famous for its zoo.
Market Times • February 2014
 Dudley Market in 2008, when the NMTF staged its Making Markets Matter event there.

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