‘Look before you book’ for Christmas

Published Monday 10 November 2014 at 17:53

If you’re planning to eat out this Christmas with work colleagues, friends or family the Food Standards Agency is urging you to check hygiene standards.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider. There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating.

The food hygiene rating tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses. It’s really easy to check – just go online and check the Food Standards Agency website: www.food.gov.uk/ratings or if you’re out and about check for the greensticker; if you can’t see one, just ask.

Cllr Jim Smith, Executive Member for Environment at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “It’s easy for people in the borough to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously. This is an important time for local businesses. A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. It matters to customers so we are encouraging all businesses in Blackburn with Darwen to display their rating and have a prosperous Christmas season.”

For more information, visit www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/caterers/hygieneratings

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