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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Eating is a numbers game

Health chiefs in Hambleton and Richmondshire are reminding people to check the scores on the doors when eating out or buying from food outlets this Christmas.

A ratings system was launched across the areas last year to help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food. Businesses are rated from zero (worst) to five (best).

So far, more than a thousand businesses across the two districts have become members of the scheme including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways and hotels as well as supermarkets and food shops.

Lead environmental health officer Maria Bentley said: “As the festive season fast approaches we want to see customers using the scheme to check the ratings of businesses before they buy.

“It makes sense to look before you book and check out the food hygiene rating as well.  No one wants to gamble with their health when eating out, particularly when celebrating the festive season.”

The ratings are displayed on window stickers and certificates – as well as being listed on the food.gov.uk section of hambleton.gov.uk and richmondshire.gov.uk.