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Valentine's Restaurant Warning for People in Thirsk and Easingwold


12:00am 14th February 2013

Hambleton and Richmondshire District Councils are backing a national campaign to urge diners to check where they eat this Valentines weekend.

The authority’s are supporting the Food Standards Agency ‘Where are you really eating out?’ initiative which challenges people to research their chosen restaurant before making a booking.

It aims to educate people to not use appearance alone as an indicator of a restaurant’s hygiene standards.

“As people celebrate this week many of them  will be eating out - and the last thing you want after a romantic evening is a bad tummy,” said Maria Bentley, Lead Environmental Health Officer.

“To ensure a restaurant is up to standard check its rating online, by using the mobile phone app, or look for the Food Hygiene sticker at the premises.”

So far more than 1000 businesses across the two districts are members of the Food Hygiene ratings scheme - restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways and hotels as well as supermarkets and food shops.

The score is given following inspection by a council food safety officer – it is the rating at the time of the inspection.    One of six scores can be given - 0 means urgent improvement is necessary, while 5 means the business was found to have very good hygiene standards. 

The ratings are displayed on window stickers and certificates – as well as being listed on food.gov.uk/ratings; hambleton.gov.uk 

There is also a downloadable app for the ratings –food.gov.uk/app-android or food.gov.uk/app-itunes

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