Make more of food hy­giene rat­ings

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - BP DAVIES Via email

ALL es­tab­lish­ments sell­ing food are in­spected by the lo­cal au­thor­ity un­der a na­tional scheme. At present, it is vol­un­tary, but is soon to be made com­pul­sory.

The Foods Stan­dards Agency awards one to five stars and is­sues a sticker to dis­play on the door or win­dow. This used to be called ‘Scores on the doors’.

In prac­tice, it means that any restau­rant with a low score hides the fact, and any­one with four or five stars shows the green sticker.

I now look for a sticker be­fore go­ing into a restau­rant, and no doubt other peo­ple do as well. Why am I telling you? Be­cause ar­ti­cles about pubs, ho­tels, restau­rants, etc, are of­ten printed. Their Food Hy­giene Rat­ing should be men­tioned, and if it is not good, this would be an in­cen­tive for them to im­prove.

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