If you live in Bassetlaw and a good take-away is helping you to get through the lockdown, or if you are looking forward to going out to your favourite restaurant once the restrictions are lifted, you can be confident that your eatery of choice is possibly one of the most hygienic in the country.
The Bassetlaw district has one of the highest percentage of Five-Star Rated restaurants, pubs, cafes, take-away and sandwich shops in the country according to research conducted by consumer champion Which?
Which? has looked at Food Standards Agency data for 384 local council areas in the UK and found that 88 per cent of food businesses in Bassetlaw have a Five-Star Food Hygiene rating – which is the highest percentage in Nottinghamshire, the Midlands and one of the highest in England.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:
“This is clearly a challenging time for all businesses, including those that prepare and supply food. While some businesses such as take-aways have been able to continue to trade as well as restaurants and pubs that have diversified, this news should be a great boost of confidence for Bassetlaw residents to know that their food is being prepared, cooked and served to some of the highest hygiene standards.
“We’d like to say thank you to all the businesses who already have achieved a five-star rating and hope that residents are still able to enjoy the food served by some of their favourite restaurants and take-aways during this challenging time.
“The ratings provided by the Food Standards Agency are compiled by food safety officers at Bassetlaw District Council as part of regular inspections of businesses that serve food. We like to work with businesses to help them achieve a five-star rating and will continue to work with businesses who wish to achieve this high standard by providing guidance, support and information.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme enables consumers to make informed choices about where to buy and eat food and also promotes high performing food businesses.
The scheme is run by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency and gives the public information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places where you can eat out. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme.
As part of the research, Which? is calling for greater transparency about food hygiene ratings as well as forcing food businesses to publicly display their hygiene rating.
Lisa Barber, Which? Magazine Editor, said: “Our research has found that while some areas are blessed with impressive food hygiene levels across the board, others have large numbers of food businesses, including restaurants and takeaways, with sloppy standards that risk making customers seriously ill.
“There is strong evidence to suggest that food businesses up their game when they know they will have to prominently display their hygiene rating. It must urgently become mandatory for food businesses, including restaurants and takeaways, to display their score on the premises and online, so customers can make informed choices.”
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is compiled in Bassetlaw with information provided by food safety officers at Bassetlaw District Council who will inspect a business and check things like:
- how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
- the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
- how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings – from 0 to 5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards and any business should be able to reach this top rating.
If you would like to know the food hygiene rating for your favourite eatery, visit the Food Standards Agency website.
You can also visit our website for more information on the food hygiene rating scheme in Bassetlaw.
You can also read the Which? story here.
Last Updated on Saturday, May 2, 2020