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Newsletter to highlight food hygiene ratings of eateries in North Kesteven

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

HYGIENE RATING: Stickers like this show the hygeine ratings of restaurants and eateries as rated by the council in the area.

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A NEWSLETTER delivered to every home in North Kesteven this month will show the food hygiene ratings of eateries and places that sell food in the area.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates eateries on their hygiene standards based on inspections carried out by the council.

The ratings cover every restaurant, hotel, pub, takeaway, cafe, supermarket and shop selling food and they are also available to see online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings and on distinctive green and black window stickers in each business premises.

The ratings go from five showing that the business meets all legal requirements for food hygiene, to zero at the very bottom of the range showing that urgent improvement is necessary.

They assess standards in cleanliness, avoidance of cross-contamination, temperature management, documentation, structural repair and stock control to give guidance on practices and procedures behind the scenes at the time of the inspection – but are not a guide to actual food quality.

As a national scheme the ratings give a clear and consistent value against which you can make an informed choice on where to eat and buy food.

Cllr Richard Wright, executive board member with responsibility for public protection, said that with the schemes main aim being to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness, it was important that people didn't just check out a menu but what their hygiene rating is too – especially when organising a Christmas gathering with family, friends or work colleagues at a local restaurant, pub or hotel.

Mr Wright 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.

"No-one wants to gamble with their health when eating out, particularly when celebrating a special festive meal and this scheme offers you confidence in your choices.

"Here in North Kesteven, we are very proud that almost 400 of the 778 premises we assess have a top score of five and a further 194 have a rating of four."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 15 2012, 12:47AM

    Still alive, and still irritated by this article. I like rubbish food. I can imagine nothing more bland than a five star doner kebab. The star rating tells us nothing. There used to be a rescue kennel in Ingham that bought out-of-date chicken to feed the animals but repackaged it, after cutting off the mouldy bits, and sold it to restaurants as fresh. Would they lose the same number of stars as a sandwich bar that was unsure whether to use a yellow or green knife to cut a ham salad sandwich? I suspect Cllr Wright needn't bother too much about people going out together to parties. He probably won't get invited anyway.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 15 2012, 12:40AM

    No, I couldn't let it go. Does one person write the article and another the photo legend? The latter being somebody who can't even copy accurately?

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 15 2012, 12:35AM

    I don't know if it is compulsory, but I can't remember the last place I ate that didn't display their sticker, regardless of the rating. As we are free to drink and smoke, both of which are known to be damaging to our health, I fail to see why we should not be free to eat at places that serve good food that we enjoy, rather than soulless chains with professional compliance officers. At least that is only a gamble. The ready meal that served as my dinner when I got home at 2230 tonight was past its 'use by' date. I award myself no stars, and only future Gnome posts will show whether my gamble went awry.

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  • Localperson55  |  December 14 2012, 10:25PM

    Presumably, the ratings can change making the leaflet drop obsolete almost immediately. Anyone can check the up to date rating on line (see article). Premises with 5 stars are normally keen to display the rating anyway. I would also question the expense of delivering a leaflet to every home.