April 23, 2016
Nine out of ten food firms in Burnham area achieve top hygiene ratings

Photo: Robbie jimNine out of ten businesses serving food to the public that were inspected in the Burnham-On-Sea area in the past year achieved top hygiene ratings.

Officers in the environmental health team at Sedgemoor District Council regularly visit businesses that serve open food to the public - schools, hospitals, pubs, cafes, mobile caterers, restaurants and take-aways.

Food business are rated according to the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. There are six different food hygiene ratings between 0 – 5, where a top rating of 5 represents a very good level of compliance with legal requirements and all food businesses, irrespective of size, should be able to achieve this.

"All customers should look out for official stickers displayed at food businesses. Some 90% of food businesses inspected in Sedgemoor over the last year have scored a 4 or a 5," said spokeswoman Sam Taylor.

Food hygiene ratings for businesses nationwide are published on-line at and businesses are encouraged to display certificates and stickers showing their ratings so that customers can make up their minds whether to go in or not.


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