RUGBY residents are being invited to check food hygiene ratings of bars and restaurants before heading for a night out this Christmas.
Rugby Borough Council’s scores on the doors food ratings scheme gives a score for food safety for every food premises in the borough on a scale of zero to five stars. The council was one of the first authorities in the country to publish the results of its food inspections, and was recently praised for joining the national star-based scheme.
Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The last thing people want when heading out with colleagues to celebrate Christmas is to find a grubby kitchen, or worse.
“The council’s scores on the doors scheme won’t guarantee that the food will be good, but it does give a good indication of how a business runs its kitchen and whether the staff know how to prepare food safely.
“By checking the score on the door before heading out for the night, residents will be able to relax and enjoy themselves.”
Sean Lawson, head of environmental services, said: “We have always advocated publishing food hygiene inspection ratings as it improves standards and helps people make informed decisions about where to eat and where to buy their food.
“We would encourage customers to check the rating of premises, which should be clearly displayed at the premises before buying any food. If you can’t see the rating certificate then please ask the business why they are not displaying it, as the ones with a good rating should be keen to tell you about it.
“We don’t only inspect premises, however. We do also offer businesses advice and guidance to help them improve their hygiene standards or, where necessary, take immediate action to shut dangerous premises down.”
The scores are available via the councils? website at www.rugby.gov.uk/scoresondoors or directly from the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings. Most food premises also display their score in their premises either as a sticker or a certificate.