Extract from Paris Connect:-
“New food hygiene rating system”
Customers will be better informed when eating out, thanks to the introduction of a new scheme which tells them about the hygiene standards of food outlets.
Winchester City Council has announced that it will switch to a new way of displaying the hygiene standards of food businesses to consumers. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) was rolled across the district from 1 December 2011.
This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food. The new scheme will build on the success of the “safe2eat” scheme that the City Council has been running for the last 5 years.
Food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, are inspected by food safety officers from the City Council, to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).
These ratings will be available for anyone to view on the FSA website at food.gov.uk/ratings or via the Councils own website http://www.winchester.gov.uk. Food businesses will also be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises, to help customers decide if they want to go in.
It is interesting to see the ratings assigned to our Village.