People urged to check out food ratings

Daventry District Council Offices
Daventry District Council Offices

Make a good impression this Valentine’s Day by making sure you have checked your chosen restaurant’s food hygiene rating before booking that special date.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Daventry District Council (DDC).

Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from zero to five, with a five rating meaning very good food hygiene standards.

People can find out an eatery’s rating by visiting the Food Standard Agency’s website at Businesses are encouraged to display the scheme’s distinctive green and black sticker in their window which clearly shows their rating. In 2013/14, DDC rated 734 of the 754 eating establishments operating in the district, and 98.4 per cent of these achieved a rating of three stars or more.

DDCs health and housing portfolio holder Cllr Mike Warren said: “When planning your special meal out, make sure you check the hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant that takes food hygiene seriously.

“Valentine’s is a busy time for our food businesses and a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of.

“That’s why we are encouraging all the businesses in Daventry district to reassure their customers by putting the stickers up in their windows.”