Majority of city’s food outlets are up to scratch on hygiene

Two thirds of the city's food outlets have a top hygiene rating
Two thirds of the city's food outlets have a top hygiene rating

Two thirds of the city’s catering businesses were given the top food hygiene rating, the council said.

The figures were revealed as part of National Food Safety Week which shines a light on food safety.

From a total of 2,752 retailers and catering establishments who are inspected by council food safety officers, more than 1,800 have the top rating of ‘five’ in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

And more than 2,500 food outlets in Brighton and Hove have a safety rating of satisfactory or higher.

The city council has a team of environmental health officers whose job it is to inspect local food businesses to ensure hygiene standards are first class.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Our city has a fantastic and well-deserved reputation for excellent food from around the world.

“The dedicated work of our environmental health officers means the vast majority of our food outlets provide safe food that people can trust.

“The team works hard to ensure that food in Brighton & Hove is safe so our residents and visitors can dine out with peace of mind.”

The scheme has six hygiene ratings from 0 (urgent improvement required) to 5 (very good).

More than 96 per cent of food outlets (2,646) are ‘broadly compliant’, meaning they have a rating of three and above, with just under four per cent (106) being unsatisfactory or below.

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.

Cllr Mitchell added: “Our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme empowers the public to make informed decisions about where to buy and eat food, and it’s also proved hugely effective in driving up standards in food businesses across the city.”

The scheme, run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, gives people clear information about a business’s hygiene standards, and all ratings are published online at ratings.food.gov.uk