Look before you book festive meal

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Residents planning a Christmas meal out are being encouraged to ‘look before you book’.

The Food Standards Agency and North Tyneside Council’s food safety team are reminding people to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating before booking a Christmas night out.

The food hygiene rating – found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings – indicates the hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses.

There are six hygiene ratings ranging from ‘0’ (urgent improvement required) at the bottom to ‘5’ (very good) at the top.

In North Tyneside there are 882 places to eat and drink that are rated ‘3’ to ‘5’ – ‘generally satisfactory’ to ‘very good’.

Members of the council’s food safety team are visiting these premises to explain the benefits of displaying their hygiene rating sticker.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “It’s easy for people in North Tyneside to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously.

“A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of. It matters to customers so our team is encouraging all businesses in North Tyneside to display their rating and have a prosperous Christmas season.”

Catherine Brown, Food Standards Agency chief executive said: “This Christmas, do this one little thing for peace of mind when eating out.”

“Take a moment to check the food hygiene rating, pick the right place, and enjoy a great meal out.”

For more information, visit www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/caterers/hygieneratings