Customers of all food-serving establishments will soon be able to see at a glance how an outlet is performing against required standards of food hygiene.
The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, a joint collaboration between 12 different councils in Lancashire, was launched by Ribble Valley Mayor Simon Hore and Jeff Rooker, chairman of the Food Standards Agency.
The new scheme will see all food-serving establishments receive a rating from five to zero for food hygiene to be displayed prominently in their premises, preferably at the main entrance. Outlets will be assessed on a wide range of criteria, including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food, as well as effective pest control, waste disposal and whether employees are suitably supervised, instructed and trained.
Ribble Valley Council’s senior environmental health officer, Eamonn Roberts said: “The scheme will make customers aware of how a food outlet is performing against required standards and therefore enable them to make an informed choice about where they buy or consume food.”