The Food Standards Agency has just launched its ‘Where’s the Sticker’ campaign, which is being supported by Tamworth Borough Council.
The aim of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) campaign is to help customers to choose the best and most hygienic places to eat out – both in Tamworth and nationally.
Restaurant, takeaway and food shop customers are being urged to look for the stickers displayed in the premises and check the hygiene rating.
Tamworth, along with all local authorities in Staffordshire, adopted the FSA’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in 2013. The results of these food hygiene inspections give customers an insight into the standard of food hygiene behind the scenes. The ratings for each business are displayed on the website http://ratings.food.gov.uk and businesses are given a window sticker to display on their premises.
When Tamworth Borough Council’s food safety officers inspect restaurants and food shops, they score them against a number of important criteria including cleanliness, food hygiene practices and food safety management. The scores are used to determine the food hygiene rating for the business from 0 to 5. A rating of 5 means standards are very good and 0 means urgent improvements are required.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities and Public Health, said, “When you’re choosing somewhere to eat for family and friends, you want to know that the business takes food hygiene seriously.
“Members of the Environmental Health Team in Tamworth take a great deal of pride in the job they do to ensure that food safety is well managed and welcome the expertise and experience of the FSA to assist in delivering an excellent food safety service for Tamworth.”