One star of five? Rugby joins food ratings scheme

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EVERY restaurant, takeaway, bar and cafe that offers food in Rugby has been given a hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency.

Because Rugby Borough Council has joined the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, each business has been rated out of five for hygiene standards and the results published on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

This allows customers to check hygiene standards for food businesses before they go there.

Certificates and window stickers showing hygiene ratings have now been issued to all food businesses after an inspection by the agency’s food officers.

A new certificate and sticker is issued to a food business every time it is inspected and a rating given.

A statement from the agency explained: “At the inspection, the officer will check how hygienically the food is handled, how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.

“Also checked is the condition of the buildings, the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.”

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale, zero is the lowest rating and five is the highest.

How often businesses are checked depends on how high their rating is, with lower-rated businesses being inspected more often.

This scheme is run nationally on behalf of most councils in England and Wales.

All the ratings can now be viewed at the Food Standards Agency national website, where customers are able to search for food establishments in Rugby by their business name.

The website is www.food.gov.uk/ratings.