There’s good news for people who love dining out in South Holland – the number of businesses with top-ranked food hygiene ratings is at an all-time high.
Latest figures show that businesses in the district with three-star (satisfactory) four-star (good) and five-star (very good) ratings is now 98.1 per cent.
And food lovers will also be pleased to hear that there are currently no businesses in the district with the lowest ranking of zero.
Of the 625 businesses across the district that are rated:
• 363 are rated 5 (very good)
• 161 are rated 4 (good)
• 89 are rated 3 (satisfactory)
• Seven are rated 2 (improvement necessary)
• Five are rated 1 (major improvement necessary)
• None are rated zero (urgent improvement necessary)
Coun Malcolm Chandler, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for food, health and safety, said: “The protection of the public is our highest priority and we continue to work actively with businesses to assist them with standards.
“Businesses can be re-appraised at three monthly intervals when progress has been made. The dedicated work of our officers and businesses give testimony to the ever-improving standards across the district.
“However, where standards continually fail to be met we will deal firmly with the small number of businesses where there are breaches of compliance to essential standards.
“I strongly recommend that members of the public use the ratings with confidence and enjoy meals out in establishments who show they care.”
Firms that do not make necessary progress are subject to notices being served or even prosecution.
As in the case of Rafat Thoun, the former owner of Spalding takeaways ‘Downtown’ and ‘Time Square’ who earlier this year was jailed for 12 months for serious hygiene breaches at the premises.
South Holland District Council’s food, health and safety team supports businesses to help them boost their ratings, with officers giving advice as well as coaching and a range of training courses.
The courses offered range from the Level 2/3 food hygiene course to bespoke courses tailor-made to meet the needs of businesses.
Further information on courses can be found at www.sholland.gov.uk
To check the food hygiene rating of a restaurant or takeaway, look for the green and black sticker, usually displayed in a window. If you can’t see one, just ask.
The council also regularly promotes the latest five-rated businesses on its Facebook page.
Further information about Food Hygiene Ratings can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings