The government-funded food business hygiene rating scheme 'Scores on The Doors' is to be re-branded ahead of the national rollout this autumn.

Consumer research had revealed widespread confusion about what the name signified, a Food Standards Agency (FSA) spokeswoman told C-Store.

The scheme is to be re-named the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and will be supported with a clearer numerical scale with associated descriptors to show consumers how well a premises has rated, the spokeswoman added.

So far, more than 200 local authorities across the UK have Scores on the Doors schemes in place, but each varies in design and the way in which it operates.

The new national approach would help to avoid further proliferation of different arrangements and ensure consistency for consumers and clarity for businesses, the spokeswoman said.

Under the scheme, all food outlets from convenience stores to restaurants are given a hygiene score which should be displayed in a clearly visible place. Scores are also available via the FSA website.

It is not mandatory for local authorities to participate but it is actively encouraged.