Make sure your festive feast isn’t a failure!

People looking to celebrate with a meal out this Christmas and New Year are being urged to check the quality of where they are planning to eat to avoid a disappointing festive season.

Stafford Borough Council inspects hundreds of eating out venues across the area to ensure they are up to scratch – with the results displayed atwww.food.gov.uk/ratings

Each business is given a food hygiene rating on a scale from 0 to 5 when it is inspected by the Borough Council.  The top rating is ‘5’ – which means the hygiene standards are very good. The bottom is ‘0’ – which indicates urgent improvement is required.

The council has given nearly 860 businesses – which is around 69% – the highest rating and 96 per cent of all the businesses in the borough have a satisfactory rating of three or higher. Many outlets display their rating via a certificate or sticker on the premises – but they can also be checked out online.

And with Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, the council wants people to go online and find out about the hygiene of the local venues.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“The health and wellbeing of our community is one of the council’s top priorities – and you don’t want a special occasion to leave a nasty after taste due to illness, so I’d urge people to take the time to check the food hygiene ratings before eating out.”

Information on all eating out places across the borough can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

You can also check out regulations about allergens in food from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/allergyalerts