Hygiene scheme for city council

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CONSUMERS will be better informed about hygiene standards at restaurants thanks to a new scheme.

Winchester City Council, which covers parts of Waterlooville and north of Fareham, has switched to a new way of displaying the hygiene standards of food businesses to consumers.

This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, are inspected to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. Kevin Gosling, head of health protection at the council, said: ‘Although we have run our own food hygiene scheme, we have opted to change, as we can see the benefits for local food businesses and the people that eat or shop in them.’