Food hygiene rating scheme improves kitchen standards

Posted on: 5 December 2014

Food hygiene rating scheme improves kitchen standards
Since we launched the national food hygiene rating scheme in 2010, our environmental health officers have seen improved food hygiene standards year-on-year. The food hygiene rating tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses where you can buy food.

Latest figures indicate that 442 food businesses are now in the ‘very good’ score of 5 category, compared to 283 in 2010. Only six premises fell into the 0-2 category where improvements are required, compared to 37 premises in 2010.

Councillor Colin Slade, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing says: “This is a perfect case study for the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme as it highlights that by making customers aware of hygiene scores, it will encourage businesses to improve their standards.”

With the ratings now easily viewable on mobile phone apps it’s more important than ever that businesses increase their scores to inspire confidence in their potential customers.

So if you’re planning that special Christmas meal with work colleagues, friends or family, we would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’. It’s really easy to check, just go online and check the Food Standards Agency website: www.food.gov.uk/ratings or if you’re out and about check for the green and black sticker. If you can’t see one, just ask.

For more information, visit
www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/caterers/hygieneratings

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