Tuck into local food with confidence
As part of National Food Safety Week (Monday 4 to Sunday 10 June), Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is partnering with the Food Standards Agency to shine a light on food safety.
The council has a team of environmental health officers working hard to ensure that the food we buy and eat is safe and honest.
Their work includes regular inspections of local food companies to ensure hygiene standards are up to scratch – and reassuringly, 98.5 per cent of businesses inspected in the borough received a food hygiene rating of three (generally satisfactory) or above under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The scheme covers businesses supplying or serving food direct to consumers such as restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, food vans or stalls, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and care homes.
It helps people choose where to shop for food and where to eat out by giving them clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards. There are six hygiene ratings ranging from zero (urgent improvement required) at the bottom to five (very good) at the top.
Businesses are given stickers for display at their premises and all ratings are published online, so that people can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Food safety is a top priority for the borough council. We have a dedicated team that works hard to ensure that food is safe in Basingstoke and Deane so that residents and visitors can dine out with peace of mind.
“Research shows that food hygiene when eating out is the UK’s number one food safety concern, so we are really pleased that the majority of our local food businesses hold a rating of three or above.”
Angela Towers, Head of the Food Hygiene Rating Team at the Food Standards Agency said: “Working in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and their environmental health officers, we are dedicated to ensuring that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest.
"Our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme allows the public to make informed decisions about where to buy and eat food, it’s also proved hugely effective in driving up standards in food businesses across the country.”
For more information on the work that the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/food-safety
For more information on the Food Standards Agency visit www.food.gov.uk