Customers in Pendle can eat more safely thanks to the Food Hygiene Ratings being published by the council on a national website.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been launched across the borough to help customers check hygiene standards in places that serve or sell food – takeaways, sandwich shops, pubs and restaurants, even schools and staff canteens.
It is part of a national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency.
Food outlets are inspected by Environmental Health Officers from Pendle Council. These inspections check hygiene standards meet legal requirements. Food businesses are then rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom to a top rating of five.
In addition to a window ratings sticker for display at the premises, the results are now published on the national Food Hygiene Ratings website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.
The site is easy to navigate; click on “Search your area”, then click the map on the North West and this will bring up all the local authorities. You will then see Pendle has 358 listings.
Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s Director of Services and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We have joined the FHRS as we can see real benefits for local food businesses and the people that eat and shop in them.
“Over 350 food businesses in Pendle have been issued with an initial rating and it was very pleasing to see nearly 60% are already at the good or very good standard.”
Coun. James Starkie, Executive Member with responsibility for Environmental Health, said: “This is good news for customers. The stickers are now appearing in the windows of all food outlets and people should look out for them.
“Catering outlets with high grades will be proud to display their stickers whereas those with lower grades will be keen to ensure they make immediate improvements to their hygiene standards. Customers can then judge for themselves as to where they eat or buy food.
“As a council, we will continue to work closely with these outlets and we will also revisit premises as necessary to ensure that the highest standards are being maintained and improved.”