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Introducing the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Customers will be better informed when eating out in Mansfield thanks to the introduction of the new scheme, which tells them about the hygiene standards of food outlets.

The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is to be introduced across the Mansfield District on 30 March and will replace the Council's current food hygiene star rating scheme.

This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Mansfield District Council is holding free drop in sessions for local food businesses where they can find out how the new national scheme works and how if differs to the current scheme.  The sessions will take place on:

  • 23 January, 10am to 4pm, at the Oaklands Community Centre, Oakfield Lane, Warsop
  • 6 February, 10am to 4pm, at Andwhynot, Leeming Street, Mansfield.

Local authorities are responsible for carrying out inspections of food businesses to check that they meet the requirements of food hygiene law. A Food Hygiene Rating will be given to food businesses after each inspection.

At the inspection, the officer will check:

  • How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
  • 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. At the bottom of the scale is '0' - this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is '5' - this means the hygiene standards are very good.

Ratings are given to places where you can eat out such as restaurants, takeaways, caf├ęs, sandwich shops, pubs, and hotels. Ratings are also given to schools, hospitals, residential care homes, supermarkets and delicatessens.

As part of the new scheme, each of the inspection results will be published on the Council's website and businesses will be given a certificate and window sticker to display on their premises.

Cllr Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: "We have been operating our own food hygiene rating scheme in Mansfield for a number of years, but by joining this national scheme it will bring us inline with many other local authorities across the country - making the ratings consistent and recognisable. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme allows people to make an informed choice when deciding where to buy their food from. It also helps food businesses as the scheme rewards the efforts of businesses with high standards of hygiene and encourages businesses with poor standards of hygiene to improve."

Further information on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is available at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Published 13 January 2012

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