Food hygiene in the spotlight

By published 6 January, 2014 No Comments

PEOPLE are being urged to think about the standards of hygiene at the food businesses they frequent.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is advising people to use only those food businesses that score three and above in the food hygiene rating scheme.

However, with more than 831 of the boroughs food businesses making the grade there are still plenty to choose from.


Steven Goldswain, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “We want people to get into the habit of checking food hygiene ratings when they are choosing somewhere to eat, not just the menu.

“Food hygiene ratings should be clearly displayed in each shop, takeaway or restaurant, but if they are not, we want people to ask a member of staff or look for the rating online.”

There are more than 1,100 registered food premises in Redcar & Cleveland ranging from market stalls to factories manufacturing food for national supermarket chains.

The councils food team is carries out programmed inspections to check compliance with legislation.

Under the scheme businesses in England and Wales are rated from zero, which means urgent improvement necessary, to five, which is very good.

While 81 per cent of the borough’s food businesses are rated three or higher council officers are working to raise the standards in six per cent of eateries that fall short.

About 220 food businesses have either not been rated or are exempt because they present a low risk to the public.

Exempt businesses – such as newsagents, chemists and people like childminders who prepare food in their home – are visited by environmental health officers but are not graded.

Some premises need specific approval before trading those that manufacture food using raw meat, poultry, dairy, fish and eggs, and products that contain animal proteins, for sale to other businesses.

Catriona Stewart, head of the food hygiene ratings team at the Governments Food Standards Agency, said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you whats going in the kitchen and behind the scenes.”

Ratings are available online by visiting

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