VIDEO: New food hygiene standard ratings

A NEW food scheme, hoping to better inform customers of hygiene standards, has launched in Boston.

The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency and local authorities, means that food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs will be given a new rating.

Launch of the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, at Boston Sausage.'L-R Trevor Darnes - Boston Borough Environmental Health, Scott Palmer - Boston Sausage manager, Coun Stephen Woodliffe.

Launch of the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, at Boston Sausage.'L-R Trevor Darnes - Boston Borough Environmental Health, Scott Palmer - Boston Sausage manager, Coun Stephen Woodliffe.

Following inspection by the council, premises will be rated on a scale ranging from zero, meaning urgent improvement is necessary, to five – the highest standard possible.

It was launched at Boston Sausage, in the High Street, by Boston Borough Council’s principal environmental health officer Trevor Darnes and portfolio holder for health Coun Stephen Woodliffe.

Coun Woodliffe said: “It’s a much simpler scheme which gives a wider range and means greater incentive for shops to be able to raise their standards and improve themselves.”

The businesses will be given stickers and certificates to display at the entrance to their premises.

This means customers can easily see for themselves how the business rated.

The ratings will also be available for anyone to view on Boston Borough Council’s website (www.boston.gov.uk).