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Friday, October 31, 2014

Make sure you look for food hygiene ratings when eating out at Christmas

If you are thinking of eating out this festive season or booking somewhere for a staff Christmas meal then you can go online to check the food hygiene rating of where you are looking to go.

West Lancashire Borough Council is working with the Food Standards Agency to urge residents to 'look before you book' for Christmas.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell the hygiene standards of a restaurant, pubs, cafes, bars and takeaways by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is.

Food hygiene ratings are determined by local authority food safety officers and run from 0-5, with a 5 rating indicating very good food hygiene standards. 95% of businesses that sell food to the public in West Lancashire are rated 3 or better so customers can make an informed choice when deciding where to eat out.

The rating tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other businesses that sell food to the public. It’s really easy to check. Just go online and check Food Standards Agency (external link) or if you’re out and about check for the green and black sticker.

Catherine Brown, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency, said: “This Christmas, do this one little thing for peace of mind when eating out. Take a moment to check the food hygiene rating, pick the right place, and enjoy a great meal out.”

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Health, said: “I am very proud that most restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars and takeaways in West Lancashire are taking food hygiene so seriously.

“It’s easy for people in the borough to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously. This is an important time for local businesses. A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of and so I am very pleased that the vast majority of food businesses in the borough are rated 3 or higher. It matters to customers, so we are encouraging all businesses in West Lancashire to display their rating and have a prosperous Christmas season.”

For more information, visit Food Standards Agency (external link) or food ratings.

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