ALMOST 200 local food outlets have received a high rating as part of a new hygiene initiative being carried out by Larne Council.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), which is to be introduced across the borough from June, aims to keep local consumers better informed when eating out by telling them the hygiene standards of food outlets.
This national programme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on outlets such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, which are inspected by council officers to check that they meet legal requirements.
All businesses that fell within the scope of the have now been provided with an initial rating, ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).
Out of more than 260 businesses, 106 received a rating of very good, while 88 were rated good. Thirty-six operators were scored generally satisfactory and 10 were told that improvement was necessary.
However, it was deemed that 20 businesses were in need of major improvement, and two needed urgent improvement.
These ratings will be available for anyone to view on the FSA website at food.gov.uk/ratings or via a link form Larne Borough Councils website and the food business will be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises. This allows customers to easily see them.