Check restaurants’ hygiene ratings online

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DINERS are being urged to check out restaurants’ hygiene ratings before booking Christmas parties.

The ratings are determined by local authority food safety officers and run from zero to five, with a five rating meaning a very good level of food hygiene.

Havant Borough Council and the Food Standards Agency have joined forces to encourage people to go online to check out ratings before they eat out.

Councillor Tony Briggs, responsible for environment and neighbourhood quality, said: ‘It’s easy for people in Havant to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously. This is an important time for local businesses. A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of.’

Go to food.gov.uk/ratings or ask at the restaurant.