West Sussex firms get hygiene warning

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BUSINESSES have been ordered to make urgent improvements after receiving the lowest possible rating for hygiene.

It comes after Chichester District Council was one of 10 authorities in Sussex to sign up to the Food Standards Agency’s national inspection scheme.

As part of the scheme cafes, restaurants, pubs, takeaways and any establishment which sells or serves food are rated from high (five) to low (zero) following an inspection by the council’s environmental health officers.

A small number of outlets received zero ratings and were told to make urgent improvements.

These included Lucky House in Southgate and chain coffee house, Cafe Nero, in East Street.

The inspections check outlets against legal criteria and examine how hygienically food is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.

The cleanliness of the building was also examined as well as how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

A wide range of establishments received the top rating of five including Comme Ca in Chichester and the Bulls Head in Fishbourne.

Environmental health manager, Ian Brightmore, said: ‘Generally, hygiene standards locally are good.

‘However, this scheme will help better inform residents and visitors and will drive up standards even higher.’

See food.gov.uk/ratings to find out how other outlets across the district fared.