People looking to celebrate a romantic meal out for Valentine’s Day are being urged to check the hygiene ratings of where they are planning to eat.
Stafford Borough Council inspects hundreds of eating out venues across the area to ensure they are up to scratch - with the results displayed at www.food.gov.uk/ratings
Each business is given a food hygiene rating on a scale from 0 to 5 when it is inspected by the Borough Council. The top rating is ‘5’ - which means the hygiene standards are very good. The bottom is ‘0’ - which indicates urgent improvement is required.
The council has given 866 businesses - which is almost 70% per cent - the highest rating and 96.4 per cent of all the businesses in the borough have a satisfactory rating of 3 or higher. Many outlets display their rating via a certificate or sticker on the premises - but they can also be checked out online.
And with Cupid’s favourite holiday fast approaching, the Council wants people to go online and find out about the hygiene of the local venues.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “The health and wellbeing of our community is one of the Council’s top priorities. And you don’t want a special occasion to leave a nasty after taste due to illness. So I’d urge people to take the time to check the food hygiene ratings before eating out.”
Information on all eating out places across Stafford Borough can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings. You can also check out regulations about allergens in food from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/allergyalerts