Christmas get together? Look before you book.

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If you are planning a family get together, an office Christmas party,  or a romantic meal on the run up to the festive season – Look before you book!

The ‘Look before you book’ has been launched so that residents will take note of the scores on the doors of eateries across our County, so you can be sure whether or not the place you choose takes food hygiene seriously.

You can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how festive the décor is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider.

The Food Hygiene Rating tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses.

It’s really simple to check. Just go online to the Food Standard Agency’s website: www.food.gov.uk/ratings or if you’re out and about look for the green and black sticker;
if you can’t see one just ask the staff.

The ratings are determined by local authority food safety officers and range from 0 to 5,
with a 5 rating meaning very good food hygiene standards.

Over 98% of North Kesteven’s food businesses are rated a 3 or higher so there are plenty of places with good food hygiene standards, you can choose from. This means you can easily avoid taking your special date to those places not meeting the grade.

Councillor Peter Burley, Executive Member with special interest in Environmental Health said: “Food hygiene ratings exist for a reason – it is easy to check, so make sure you choose a restaurant that takes food hygiene seriously.

It’s also an important time for local food businesses as a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. It matters to customers so we encourage all businesses in North Kesteven to display their rating.”

It’s good for business too – Christmas and the New Year can be extremely busy periods for food businesses, and a good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. So make sure you reassure your customers by putting your sticker up in the window.

Thousands of food businesses displaying a 3 to 5 rating say it made a positive difference
to their business.