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Mayor Signs Borough to “Scores on the Doors”

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has signed the paperwork to introduce a new scheme that will keep customers better informed about hygiene standards when eating out in the Borough.

 

The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ (FHRS), developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people choose where to dine or shop for food.

 

Food outlets such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, are inspected by food safety officers to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).

 

These ratings will be available for anyone to view on a website. The business will be given a sticker and certificate that they are encouraged to display at the entrance of their premises. This means that their customers can easily see them and decide if they want to go in.

 

Councillor Will, Hunt Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Joining the FHRS will bring benefits for local food businesses and their customers. This is great idea and will help people to choose where to buy their food and should also encourage restaurants to up their game.”

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson said: “For the first time residents will be able to have confidence when visiting food outlets in the Borough that have been inspected and awarded grades for hygiene. This is part of my commitment for transparency and openness across the Borough.”

 

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