Food Safety Call for Ribble Valley 'Staycationers'Published Thursday, 26 June 2014
Ribble Valley residents going on “staycation” this summer are asked to keep an eye on food safety when eating out in the UK.
And Ribble Valley Borough Council is advising residents holidaying in the UK to eat in establishments with a food hygiene rating of three stars or more.
The council’s head of environmental health, James Russell, said: “Ribble Valley has excellent eating establishments, 97 per cent of which have a food hygiene rating of at least three stars, but that might not be the case elsewhere in the country.
“Whatever your recipe for eating out during a day trip or holiday in the UK, whether grabbing a sandwich, sitting down to a four-course meal or indulging in a local delight, make sure you choose an eatery with a good food hygiene rating.”
All food premises in the UK, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, have star ratings for food hygiene, ranging from zero, which means urgent improvement is necessary, to a top rating of five.
They are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food, as well as 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.
The scheme, called the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, enables consumers to make informed choices about where they buy or eat food.
Ratings are displayed on distinctive green and black stickers on windows and doors.
Record numbers of British holidaymakers are choosing to stay at home, according to a survey by hotel firm Travelodge.
The annual holiday report surveyed 3,000 Britons about their holiday plans for 2014 and found that the number holidaying at home has more than doubled since 2011.
Fifty-one per cent of respondents said they were taking several short UK breaks a year, with the top coastal destinations being Cornwall, Devon and Blackpool, and the top three cities being London, Edinburgh and York.