Ratings showcase top food standards

WANT to know where the best places are to eat out in Boston? Let the Food Standards Agency ratings give you a guide.

The scheme, which rates businesses from 0 to 5, helps give information about hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels, and other places where food is sold or prepared from supermarket and food shops to sports clubs and other businesses.

The scheme is run by Boston Borough Council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

Each business is given a ‘hygiene rating’ when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the council.

The rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

When you eat out or shop for food you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, or a certificate on display, showing you the hygiene rating for that business.

Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates in a place where you can easily see them.

If you’re planning to eat out or buy food, you can search the Food Standards Agency website (www.food.gov.uk) to find the ratings.

The ratings mean

l O - urgent improvement necessary

l 1 - major improvement necessary

l 2 - improvement necessary

l 3 - generally satisfactory

l 4 - good

l 5 - very good

The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

l how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored

l the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities

l how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

The food safety officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve the top rating of ‘5’.

The local authority will check that the improvements are made.

Why not search today at food.gov.uk?