There's good news for families who love dining out in Peterborough - the vast majority of the city's food serving outlets currently have top-ranked Food Hygiene Ratings.
Latest figures show that firms in the city with three (satisfactory), four (good) and five (very good) ratings is currently 95.4%. Over 1,000 premises have obtained the highest rating of five.
The scheme helps people choose where to eat or shop for food by giving clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards.
Ratings are given for all businesses that either prepare or serve food to the public, such as restaurants, pubs and takeaways, as well as manufacturers and retailers.
Of the 1,406 outlets across Peterborough that are rated:
- 1,056 are rated 5 (very good)
- 217 are rated 4 (good)
- 68 are rated 3 (satisfactory)
- 38 are rated 2 (improvement needed)
- 25 are rated 1 (major improvement needed)
- 2 are rated 0 (urgent improvement needed)
The council is keen to make people aware of the ratings system, which is used to measure an outlet's hygiene standards, as well as handling processes, structure and management.
Businesses are encouraged to display their rating using a green and black sticker at their premises, but members of the public can also check the rating of any business online.
Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for communities, said: "We are pleased that ratings in the city are currently very positive, but we never get complacent. The protection of the public is our highest priority and we will continue to actively work with businesses to assist them with standards.
"For a business, having a good rating is a huge positive step, as it will help to attract and retain customers. I strongly recommend that members of the public use the ratings with confidence and enjoy meals out in establishments who take food hygiene as seriously as we do."
Peterborough City Council's food and safety team supports businesses to help them improve their ratings, with officers giving advice and general guidance.
At a food hygiene rating inspection, the officer will check the following three elements:
- How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
- The physical condition of the business –including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities
- How the business manages ways of keeping food safe, looking at processes, training and systems to ensure good hygiene is maintained. The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future
Businesses that receive low ratings are advised what to do prevent any imminent risk to the public. If a business refuses to comply the council can take formal legal proceedings to stop a firm from trading until they have removed this imminent risk.
Peterborough City Council also offers training to help businesses improve standards which in turn will improve their rating. For more information about the training available email email@example.com or call 01733 207184.