Launch of new hygiene rating

Diners in Mid Suffolk and Babergh will be better informed when eating out after a new food hygiene scheme is introduced.

From April 1 The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) will come into play, building one the ‘scores on the doors’ scheme Mid Suffolk and Babergh councils previosly set up.

The scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), will see restaurants, takeaways and pubs inspected by food safety officers from the councils.

Inspections will be rated from zero - urgent improvement necessary - to five - very good. Businesses will be given a sticker and certificate and are encouraged to display at the entrance to the premises.

Hygiene ratings are handed out to every eatery which are available for anyone to see at the Food Standards Agency website at food.gov.uk/ratings.