Food hygiene in the Ribble Valley is among the best to be found anywhere across the country, according to a national investigation.
A report by “Which?” – the independent organisation which reviews products and services – has placed Ribble Valley Borough Council seventh in the country for food hygiene enforcement.
The report, which is based on data submitted to the Food Standards Agency in 2013 by the UK’s 395 local authorities, found that one in three high and medium-risk food businesses in some areas of the country were not complying with latest food hygiene requirements.
Each authority was ranked on three criteria:
l The proportion of premises ranked as high or medium risk broadly compliant with food hygiene requirements.
l The percentage of premises yet to receive a risk rating.
l The proportion of inspections required but not carried out by food hygiene inspectors.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Ribble Valley has some of the best food outlets and producers in the country, and a deserved reputation as a premier food destination.
“The majority of the borough’s food businesses have high standards of hygiene, and we are delighted that the standards being exacted by our food safety team have been recognised in this investigation.”
The report found that Ribble Valley Borough Council’s food safety team inspected 99.3%of the borough’s food establishments requiring inspection in 2013, 97% of which were awarded a food hygiene rating of three stars or above.
Food premises in the Ribble Valley, including restaurants, cafés, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, are rated from five to zero for food hygiene.
They are assessed on a range of criteria, including the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food; effective pest control and waste disposal; whether employees are suitably supervised, instructed or trained in food hygiene, and the premises in a good state of repair.
Food hygiene ratings are displayed on distinctive green and black stickers on windows and doors or can be found at ribblevalley.gov.uk.