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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Check out food ratings before that Valentine's meal

After flowers or chocolates, the next big question that’s usually on the agenda for Valentine’s Day is whether to go out to that romantic restaurant or enjoy a quiet meal in.

Whatever your recipe for eating out or in this Valentine’s Day, make sure you choose one of the 735 eateries in Denbighshire with a rating of three or more, advises Denbighshire County Council.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by the council.

Businesses in the area are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.        

So, whether you’re reserving a table at that romantic hotspot, the cosy little café, or planning on ordering a takeaway on your way home for a romantic meal, make sure to check the hygiene rating first.  Look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors.

If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff in or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member with responsiblility for Food Safety, said: “Valentine’s Day is a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs and with the majority of food businesses in the Denbighshire area rated 3 or above. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose to eat their romantic meals in places where food hygiene is taken seriously."

Geoff Ogle, Director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, said:  “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a great tool when choosing where to eat out, particularly when celebrating a special meal, because it tells you what’s going in the kitchen and behind the scenes. For local eateries, a good rating will be good for business during this busy time.”

This Valentine’s Day, make sure you order the flowers, buy the chocolates and check out the food hygiene rating of your favourite places to eat or order from, at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

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