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Check before you choose on Mother’s Day

foodIf you are treating your mum to a meal out this Mother’s Day (10th March), make sure you show her you care by checking the food hygiene rating as well as the menu.

Her favourite restaurant might look amazing and be getting great reviews, but how good is its hygiene?

You can’t judge hygiene by appearance alone which is why the Food Standards Agency, in partnership with local authorities, has introduced the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Think of it as a way to see inside the restaurant kitchens and get some ‘behind the scenes’ information.

Restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafés, takeaways and other places that sell or serve food are given a food hygiene rating from 0 to 5 when they are inspected by a food safety officer from Blaby District Council.

The top rating of 5 means a business has ‘very good’ hygiene standards and every outlet should be able to reach this.

It’s easy to check out the ratings by looking them up online at food.gov.uk/ratings or by downloading the free ‘food hygiene’ app. You can also look out for the distinctive green and black stickers that businesses are encouraged to display to tell their customers the rating they were given.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Health Services, said:

“When dining out, especially with loved ones, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time. It also makes sense to check out the food hygiene rating as well. You might be surprised by some of the results. It’s possible that a cheap takeaway might have a higher food hygiene rating than a smart, expensive restaurant.”

Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, added:

“The FHRS is all about putting the consumer first, giving people useful information on which to base their choice of where to eat. The FSA is working in partnership with Blaby District Council and other local authorities to roll out this scheme nationally. We recommend that when you eat out you choose the places with the higher ratings.”

There are estimated to be around a million cases of food poisoning every year in the UK, with about 20,000 people ending up in hospital. Nobody wants to have Mother’s Day ruined but you can now check out your choices first.

Tell others about your experiences:

Twitter @foodgov #FHRS

Facebook www.facebook.com/FoodHygieneRatingScheme

Don’t let food poisoning ruin your festive celebrations

If there’s one thing guaranteed to ruin your Christmas meal out with friends, family or colleagues, it’s a nasty bout of food poisoning.

But if you’re eating out, how do you know if the restaurant owner takes food hygiene seriously?

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates eateries and other places that sell food on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Blaby District Council.

What’s more, these ratings are available for everyone to see.

This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, rates food outlets on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of five (‘very good’).

You can check the rating online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings, via a free phone app, or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.

If you’re organising a Christmas gathering with family, friends or work colleagues at a local restaurant, pub or hotel don’t just examine the menu, also check what their hygiene rating is too.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Health Services, said:

“When dining out, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time. It makes sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well.”

Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, added:

“No-one wants to gamble with their health when eating out, particularly when celebrating a special festive meal.

“Local authorities, including Blaby District Council have worked with the FSA to successfully roll-out the scheme which helps people choose where to eat. Our app makes it even easier for people to check hygiene ratings before deciding which place to visit.”

 

Check out where you dine out…

It’s one year since Blaby District Council became a partner in the launch of a ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ (FHRS) …and you can check out the ‘scores’ for local establishments already assessed.

The aim of the scheme is to promote high performing food businesses and to enable consumers make informed choices about where they eat out or shop for food.

The scheme is a Food Standards Agency/local authority partnership initiative to provide consumers with at-a-glance information about hygiene standards in food businesses found during planned inspections.

The aim is to help the public make informed choices about where they eat out or shop for food.

Having a single scheme in place will help ensure consistency for businesses both within and across local authority boundaries.

The Scheme was launched in February 2011 with Blaby’s partner local authorities across Leicestershire – Melton Mowbray Borough Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Blaby District Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme consists of 6 tiers; a score of 5 is the highest level indicating very good standards  of food hygiene and a score of 0 indicates that urgent improvement is necessary.

How to check a food business’ rating

If a food business (e.g. a café, restaurant, canteen or supermarket) has been given a food hygiene rating, you can search for it online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/ (Link opens in a new browser window)

Just enter Enderby in the search box.

In addition to this when you eat out or shop for food, you might see a window sticker or a certificate displayed at the food premises; this shows the hygiene rating for that business.

For more information on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme see this page on the Council’s website.  (Link opens in a new browser window)

View the Food Standards Agency  website  (Link opens in a new browser window)