Takeaway on the up

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A takeaway in Spalding ranked zero in the last round of food hygiene inspections has achieved a new rating of three.

Toppings in Westlode Street was this week receiving praise from South Holland District Council for its “hard work and commitment to achieve a higher rating”.

Eighteen more businesses in South Holland are now achieving the top ranked food hygiene rating of five.

Long Sutton takeaways San San, in High Street, and Chilli Hut, in Market Place, remain zero rated, but are yet to be reinspected.

The latest figures, stating 299 firms are rated five, have been released to coincide with the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) ‘Look Before You Book’ Valentine’s Day campaign.

Ratings tell you about the hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses. Within South Holland, there are currently 625 food premises that have been rated.

A breakdown of figures shows:

• 299 are rated 5 (increase of 18 since Nov 14)

• 176 are rated 4 (drop of 7 since Nov 14))

• 124 are rated 3 (no change since Nov 14)

• 12 are rated 2 (drop of 1 since Nov 14)

• 12 are rated 1 (drop of 2 since Nov 14)

• 2 are rated 0 (drop of 1 since Nov 14)

Coun Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for Environmental Health, said: “The latest Food Hygiene Rating figures are extremely pleasing to see. An increase of 18 businesses achieving the top rating demonstrates clearly the commitment that owners are putting into ensuring good food hygiene regimes.

“I’m happy to say that one of the businesses which was rated ‘0’ through hard work and commitment has been able to achieve a higher rating.

“This change in rating has been achieved by a range of enforcement options available to The Food, Health and Safety Team and building towards a good working relationship between both parties.

“The two remaining businesses are currently working with the team and it is hoped that both will be able to achieve a better rating shortly.”

Readers can check ratings at www.food.gov.uk/ratings