Look before you book a table this festive season, advises Breckland Council

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If you’re looking to eat out over the festive period, follow Breckland Council’s advice and check out the restaurant’s food hygiene rating as well as its menu.

Following a recent Food Standards Agency poll which showed 46 per cent of the British public do not check an eaterie’s food hygiene rating before booking a table, Breckland officers have taken to the district’s market town streets to explain a helpful hygiene ratings system to residents.

The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme scores premises serving food 0 to five stars, with five being the highest. All premises in the Breckland district serving food are inspected by hygiene offers and given a rating, and are encouraged to prominently display their results.

Breckland Council executive member for democratic services and public protection Gordon Bambridge said: “The majority of our food businesses are very aware of food hygiene and have good procedures in place. Across the district, 96% of our businesses have scores of 3-5, compared with the 93% national average.

“However, nobody wants to have their Christmas and New Year festivities ruined by stomach upsets and I advise anyone who’s planning to eat out to always check the food hygiene rating before they book”.

Residents can check food hygiene ratings under the scheme by looking for the sticker displayed at the premises, or by referring to the Food Standards Agency website www.food.gov.uk/ratings.