RESTAURANTS’ FOOD HYGIENE SCORES NOW FOUND ON APP
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.