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Council Has Food Hygiene Licked says Which?

Ribble Valley Borough Council environmental health technician Louise Hilton-Knott and Katie Winstanley, of Clitheroe five-star sandwich shop Megabites. Published Thursday, 17 April 2014

Food hygiene in Ribble Valley is among the best in the country according to a national investigation.

A Which? report has placed Ribble Valley Borough Council seventh in the country for food hygiene enforcement.

The report, based on data submitted to the Food Standards Agency in 2013 by the UK's 395 local authorities, found that one in three high and medium-risk food businesses in some areas of the country were not complying with food hygiene requirements.

Each authority was ranked on three criteria: the proportion of premises ranked as high or medium risk broadly compliant with food hygiene requirements, the percentage of premises yet to receive a risk rating and the proportion of inspections required but not carried out by food hygiene inspectors.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: "Ribble Valley has some of the best food outlets and producers in the country, and a deserved reputation as a premier food destination.

"The majority of the borough's food businesses have high standards of hygiene and we are delighted that the standards being exacted by our food safety team have been recognised in this investigation."

The report found that Ribble Valley Borough Council's food safety team inspected 99.3 per cent of the borough's food establishments requiring inspection in 2013, 97 per cent of which were awarded a food hygiene rating of three stars or above.

Food premises in Ribble Valley, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, are rated from five to zero for food hygiene.

They are assessed on a range of criteria, including the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food; effective pest control and waste disposal; whether employees are suitably supervised, instructed or trained in food hygiene, and the premises in a good state of repair.

Food hygiene ratings are displayed on distinctive green and black stickers on windows and doors or can be found at Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

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