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Hygiene standards soaring in Hambleton

Published on Thursday, 20th June 2019

food hygiene rating scheme sticker on a window

Hygiene standards across Hambleton have never been better.

“At the end of last month (May 2019) a whopping 98% of food businesses in the district achieved either a 3, 4 or 5 Hygiene Rating,” said Councillor Stephen Watson, portfolio holder for Environmental Health.

“The council operates the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in partnership with the Food Standards Agency and we have a dedicated team of environmental health officers whose job is to inspect local businesses across Hambleton to ensure hygiene standards are up to scratch. Research shows that food hygiene when eating out is the UK’s number one food safety concern so we are really pleased that the majority of our local food businesses hold a rating of 3 or above.”

The Scheme which covers restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, food vans or stalls, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and care homes gives consumers information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they were inspected. 

During the inspection, the officer will assess the level of compliance a business demonstrates in three areas;

  • how hygienically the food is handled – safe food preparation, cooking, reheating, cooling and storage
  • the condition of the structure of the premises – cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation, waste arrangements and other facilities
  • how the business manages what they do to make sure the food they sell is safe to eat and can demonstrate this with documented checks.

Businesses with ratings of ‘0’ or ‘1’ are likely to be performing poorly in all three areas and have a history of serious problems.

Following an inspection the business is provided with a distinctive green and black sticker which they are encouraged to display in a place where customers can easily see it.

In England, display is voluntary so not all businesses may have put their sticker up in the window or on the door.  Customers are encouraged to ask the business what their rating is if they cannot see a hygiene rating sticker.

“We have 804 premises included in the scheme at the moment and only 17 of these scored a ‘1’ or ‘2’ at their last inspection. And we are pleased to report that currently we no ‘0’ rated food businesses in the district.” he added.

Consumers can also search for the Hygiene Rating of their favourite eatery online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.