Happy hygiene at festive celebrations

5 Dec 2012 @ 4.19 pm
| News

Issued by City of York Council

York has over 1,000 food outlets with a top food hygiene rating, giving everyone wanting to eat out in the festive season lots of quality choices. The hygiene ratings can now be pre-checked with a new app.

It’s the time of year for office parties and food with friends to celebrate the festive period and diners can check if the restaurant or eatery owner takes food hygiene seriously.

City of York Council has been rating food hygiene levels since June 2009, in eateries and other places that sell food following an inspection. These ratings are openly available to the public on the Food Standards Agency website.

The scheme rates food outlets on a scale from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’). Diners can also check the hygiene rating via a free phone app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play (formerly the Android market), or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.

Councillor Dafydd Williams, City of York Council Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “”We are delighted to support this scheme which aims to improve food hygiene standards across the city. When dining out, we all choose to go to a place where we like the food and we know we’ll have a good time.

““It also makes sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well. The app makes it even easier for people to check hygiene ratings before deciding which place to visit.””

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