IT’S FOOD (HYGIENE) FOR THOUGHT
Agency reveals restaurants’ hygiene ratings
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.
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