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Restaurant food safety scheme shown the door

Restaurateurs, rejoice. A food safety scheme for Belfast which resulted in low ratings for some well-known eateries has itself been shown the door.

Scores on the Doors is making way for a new scheme from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) developed with councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Among the establishments which were named and shamed by Scores on the Doors were Paul Rankin's cafe in Castle Court, which received a one-star rating in 2008. A spokesman for the cafe at the time attributed the disappointing rating to "refrigeration and hot water problems" on the day of the inspection.

Meanwhile, a KFC outlet on Shankill Road received a glowing five-star rating.

But now, Scores on the Doors is being consigned to the history books, and its punchy title rejected in favour of a more staid approach.

The FSA said: "Consumers told us in research that 'Scores on the Doors' is too flippant for something as important as food hygiene and that the name of the scheme should instead tell them exactly what it is about.

"Food Hygiene Rating Scheme does just that."

Star ratings were also confusing for consumers, who apparently mixed them up with the system of recognition in the form of a star rating for quality hotels.

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