Agency re­veals restau­rants’ hy­giene rat­ings

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

FES­TIVE din­ers are ad­vised to ‘look be­fore they book’ when plan­ning a Christ­mas meal out in Bucks.

The Food Stan­dards Agency said peo­ple should check a restau­rant’s food hy­giene rat­ing, which is de­ter­mined by lo­cal au­thor­ity food safety of­fi­cers.

Restau­rants are marked from nought to a high of five.

Ninety-three per cent of food busi­nesses in Bucks are rated three or bet­ter.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and hous­ing, Coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Woolveridge, said: “It’s easy to check hy­giene rat­ings on­line and choose a par­ties restau­rant that for takes Christ­mas food hy­giene se­ri­ously. A good food hy­giene rat­ing is some­thing to be proud of.

“It mat­ters to cus­tomers so we are en­cour­ag­ing all lo­cal busi­nesses to dis­play their rat­ing and have a pros­per­ous Christ­mas sea­son.” Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and hous­ing, Coun­cil­lor Peter Hud­son, said: “We all want to re­mem­ber din­ing out on spe­cial oc­ca­sions for the right rea­sons. “In the same way you would check out an ho­tel or hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for how it per­forms, I urge peo­ple to check a restau­rant’s rat­ing be­fore book­ing a ta­ble.

“It will give you peace of mind to en­joy the meal.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Food Stan­dards Agency Cather­ine Brown said: “Take a mo­ment to check the food hy­giene rat­ing, pick the right place, and en­joy a great meal out.”

Visit www. fo o d . g o v. u k / rat­ings to check a rat­ing or look for the green and black sticker on the restau­rant. If you can­not see one, just ask.



MARKED: Restau­rants are in the spot­light

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