If you are treating your mum to a meal out this Mother’s Day, Sunday March 10, check the food hygiene rating as well as the menu.
Brighton & Hove City Council has a well-established food hygiene rating scheme, which enables people to look up the food hygiene ratings for local restaurants, pubs, cafes and other premises serving food.
To check ratings, click here: or through a mobile app, or look at the stickers on the premises themselves.
You can’t judge hygiene by appearance alone, but the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme enables customers to obtain that information.
Restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafés, takeaways and other places that sell or serve food are given a food hygiene rating from 0 to 5 when they are inspected by a food safety officer from Brighton & Hove City Council. The top rating of 5 means a business has ‘very good’ hygiene standards and every outlet should be able to reach this.
Councillor Pete West, chair of the city’s environment & sustainability committee, said:
“Brighton & Hove has had a very successful food hygiene ratings scheme for a number of years. It is a useful guide for residents, visitors and food businesses, which are an important part of our local economy.
“With the recent concerns nationally about food, it is good to know that our officers are out there checking that food on sale is safe for consumption. The food hygiene ratings are about putting the consumer first and rewarding food businesses that provide good standards of cleanliness as well as good food.”
The Food Safety Team acts to ensure that all food sold in Brighton & Hove is clean and safe for the consumer. Officers also work closely with the Food Standards Agency where there are national food issues.
Each year the council undertakes premises inspections, food sampling, food poisoning investigations and food safety promotions.
There are estimated to be around a million cases of food poisoning every year in the UK, with about 20,000 people ending up in hospital.