New rating scheme for food hygiene
|Published: 12th September 2011 17:04|
If you're eating out or ordering a takeaway, look out for the council's new food hygiene rating scheme displayed in shop windows, restaurants and fast food outlets.
You can visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings to check out ratings across the district. All eligible food businesses have been made public on this national website, as the initiative is part of the national scheme developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The aim is to help people choose where to eat or shop for food and premises are encouraged to display window stickers which clearly show the rating they have been awarded.
Food outlets, retailers and pubs are inspected by food safety officers from South Gloucestershire Council to check that standards of hygiene meet with legal requirements. The hygiene standards found during these unannounced inspections are rated on a scale ranging from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).
This new scheme replaces the previous Scores on the Doors star ratings.
Councillor James Hunt, executive member for communities, said: "We have joined the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme as we can see the benefits for our food businesses and the people that eat or shop in them. The public will be able to use the ratings when deciding which outlets to visit and we hope that food companies will recognise that displaying a good hygiene rating is good for business.
"Changing from the old star rating to this national scheme means that the public will know that ratings found here in South Gloucestershire are comparable with ratings seen in other parts of the country."
Cllr James Hunt is pictured with representatives from businesses at The mall who has received the rating of five.