Food outlets get scores on the doors

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MORE than 23 per cent of food retailers in Mid Suffolk have received the highest possible hygiene rating as part of a council scheme.

Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Council have been running their food hygiene Scores on the Doors scheme for two years. Star rating certificates are awarded to cafés, restaurants and shops based on hygiene practices, cleanliness and confidence in the management of the business.

A total of 497 businesses in Mid Suffolk were issued with certificates, with four premises receiving no stars, 38 gaining one star and 48 receiving two stars.

But a majority of businesses scored highly, with 28.6 per cent receiving three stars, 29.8 per cent receiving four stars and a total of 117 businesses – 23.5 per cent – receiving five stars.

Businesses which now achieve five stars at two consecutive inspections will be awarded with a five star elite certificate.

Emma Richbell, Babergh’s senior food and safety officer, said she was delighted with the number of high scores.

“The Scores on the Doors scheme has proved to be a good incentive for businesses to work towards the highest hygiene standards,” she said.

In Babergh, 65 per cent of 414 businesses received four or five stars and only two businesses received no stars at all.

For more information on the scheme visit the council’s websites or go to