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FOOD lovers will be better informed when eating out, thanks to the introduction of a new scheme.

Winchester City Council, which covers Wickham, Bishop’s Waltham and Denmead has adopted the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), to let people know about the hygiene standards of food outlets.

Inspections will now be rated on a scale of zero to five with scores available to view at

Businesses will also be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display them.

Kevin Gosling, head of health protection said: ‘Although we have previously run our own food hygiene scheme, we have opted to change to the FHRS, as we can see the benefits for local food businesses and the people that eat or shop in them.’