68 per cent of food outlets get top hygiene rating in Bath area
More than two-thirds of food outlets in the Bath area have been given top marks in hygiene inspections.
Of the 1,502 businesses inspected by Bath and North East Somerset Council, 68 per cent were given five marks out of five.
The council has helped to compile a list of food hygiene ratings for a wide range of outlets – from fast food joints to the most upmarket restaurants – so that diners can check out their performance.
The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities, rates food outlets on a scale ranging from zero - meaning urgent improvement necessary to five.
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You can check the rating online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings, via a free phone app, or look for the green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.
B&NES cabinet member for neighbourhoods Councillor David Dixon (Lib Dem, Oldfield) said: “If you’re organising a Christmas gathering with family, friends or work colleagues at a local restaurant, pub or hotel don’t just examine the menu – check what their hygiene rating is too.”
He said a rating of five meant a business’s standards were “very good indeed.”
The app can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.