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Don't get an unwanted present this Christmas

Published Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A national campaign which calls on people to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking Christmas meals out with family and friends is being backed by Enfield Council.

“Look Before You Book” is the brainchild of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and was launched after a poll found almost half of the UK public (46 per cent) never check food hygiene ratings of the places they plan to eat in despite more than a third of people (34 per cent).

The FSA poll also found that a fifth of people are planning to book their Christmas meal within the next week.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Most of the restaurants in Enfield are high quality places which offer brilliant food in a safe and hygienic setting but very few people consider food hygiene or make it a top priority when they book their Christmas Meal, even though they could end up paying a high price for such an oversight in the form of food poisoning.

'I’m urging everybody to look before they book when they plan their special Christmas meal. It’s quick and easy to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating online – just go to the FSA website.

If you’re out and about, you can also check for the green and black ratings sticker on display and if you can’t see one just ask.”

Restaurants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are given a ‘hygiene rating’, which shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law. Ratings range from 0 being the worst to 5 being the best. These results are available on the FSA website but many restaurants also display a green and black ratings sticker in their window or door.

For more information or to check the food hygiene rating of your local restaurant, takeaway or café click here.  

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