The British Retail Consortium said it would oppose plans by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health to set up a new scores-on-the-doors inspection scheme.
At the CIEH annual conference this week, policy officer Jenny Morris proposed the introduction of a system that would force all food premises to display the results of food inspections in full view of customers.
But BRC communications director David Southwell said that the present state of the environmental health system would leave any new scheme unworkable. He explained: “Not everyone gets inspected the same number of times and the quality of inspections varies, therefore the customer would not get useful information.
“There are currently 1,000 environmental health officer vacancies and when you have that shortfall, the priority has to be enforcing and closing premises that are not fit to sell food.”
A scores-on-the-doors scheme exists in the United States, Denmark and Canada.