FOOD hygiene experts at Milton Keynes Council have advised people to check out their Food Hygiene Rating Scheme before choosing where to eat at Christmas.
The scheme rates eateries and other places that sell food on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by the council. These ratings are available for everyone to see.
The national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, rates outlets on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom – which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ – to a top rating of five or ‘very good’.
People can check teh rating online by visiting www.food.gov.uk/ratings, via a free phone app, or by looking for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.
The head of the council’s regulatory unit, Karen Ford, said: “When dining out, you’ll choose to go to a place where you like the food and you know you’ll have a good time.
“It makes sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well.”
And Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, Catriona Stewart, added: “No-one wants to gamble with their health when eating out, particularly when celebrating a special festive meal.
“Local authorities, including Milton Keynes Council have worked with the FSA to successfully roll-out the scheme which helps people choose where to eat.
“Our app makes it even easier for people to check hygiene ratings before deciding which place to visit.”