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Din­ers in France can now as­sess the clean­li­ness of bistros and restau­rants by us­ing a new app which re­veals of­fi­cial health in­spec­tion scores.

The Alim’con­fi­ance ap­pli­ca­tion was launched by the French Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in a move to im­prove food stan­dards.

The app cov­ers bistros and larger restau­rants as well as butch­ers’, bak­eries and cheese shops. Busi­nesses are ranked on a four-point scale, from ‘in need of ur­gent at­ten­tion’ to ‘very sat­is­fac­tory’ based on the find­ings from the lat­est hy­giene in­spec­tion. Con­sumers can also find out if ab­ba­toirs have ad­hered to strin­gent an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards.

The re­sults can be viewed via an in­ter­ac­tive map fea­tur­ing smi­ley faces and are avail­able for one year from the date of the lat­est hy­giene in­spec­tion. The app has al­ready re­vealed the re­sults of around 1,500 in­spec­tions, the ma­jor­ity of which were car­ried out in March. Thou­sands more re­sults are due to be added later this year.

The new app was in­tro­duced af­ter the suc­cess of a sim­i­lar sys­tem in nine other Euro­pean coun­tries, in­clud­ing Bri­tain. “In all coun­tries where this sys­tem has been set up, there has been an im­prove­ment in san­i­tary lev­els of es­tab­lish­ments,” said a min­istry spokesman.

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