before you book' - Restaurant diners urged to check food scores
District Councils food safety team is encouraging diners to
'look before they book' special meals on St Valentines Day
in the Burnham-On-Sea area this year.
easy way to quickly assess a restaurant is to check its food hygiene
rating which tells diners about hygiene standards in restaurants
and other food businesses.
youre planning that special meal, make sure you don't end
up with more than you bargained for with an upset stomach,"
says the council's spokeswoman Claire Faun.
"Valentines Day is one of the most popular times for
going out for a meal a time to enjoy good company and good
food without worrying about food poisoning."
the truth is, you cant tell a restaurants hygiene standards
by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is."
really easy to check. Just go online and check the Food Standards
Agency website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings
or if youre out and about check for the green and black sticker.
If you cant see one, just ask."
The ratings are determined by local authority food safety officers
and run from 0-5, with a 5 rating meaning a very good level of food
93% of food businesses are rated 3 or better so there are plenty
of places with good standards and you can easily avoid taking your
family to those not meeting the grade."
you dont see a green and black sticker in the window or you
spot a low rating online, you can make a better informed choice."