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Launch of Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme in Ryedale
Customers will be better
informed when eating out in Ryedale, thanks to the introduction of
the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) across the district.
This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency
(FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information
on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out
or shop for food.
Food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, are
inspected by food safety officers from the Council, to check that
their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene
standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging
from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement
necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).
These ratings are available for anyone to view on the FSA
website at food.gov.uk/ratings and the food business have been
given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at
the entrance to their premises. This means that their customers can
easily see them and decide if they want to go in.
Robert Robinson, Ryedale’s Principal Environmental Health
Officer, said, ‘We have joined the FHRS as we can see the benefits
for local food businesses and the people that eat and shop in them.
The public will be able to use the ratings when deciding which
outlets to visit and we hope that food companies will recognise
that displaying a good hygiene rating is good for business. When
customers expect to see a rating, there is a real incentive for
food businesses to seek to make improvements to their hygiene
Further information on the Food Hygiene Rating System can be
obtained by visiting our
Food Safety Inspection page.