The Food Standard Agency (FSA) is looking into launching a new scheme, which could see food inspection reports by environmental health officers displayed in restaurants, cafes and pubs. The FSA has announced that is has reached an agreement with 44 local authorities, including all 33 in London, plus five councils in Scotland, which will see them publish summaries of visits by food inspectors to food outlets in their areas. The cleanliness ratings will appear on the councils’ websites, while operators of the outlets will be asked to display the findings on their premises, as part of a “scores on the doors” initiative. The FSA is funding three pilot projects, in London, the Midlands and Scotland, which it hopes will form the basis for the new national scheme. Set to start in January, the FSA will use the pilots to clarify whether the ratings should be based on a star system or include comments form inspectors. Jenny Morris, policy officer at the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, said: “We are delighted consumers will be able to exercise choice about where they eat, based not only on the menu but also on how conscientious the restaurants are in maintaining hygiene.” Morris pointed out that following the adoption of a grading system in Los Angeles County in 1998, a study suggested that it had contributed to a reduction in the cases of food-borne illness.