Surf hygiene site before you eat

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Consumers in North Lanarkshire can make an informed choice when deciding where to eat out.

For North Lanarkshire Council has joined the national Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) which gives advice on hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops.

The scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency in Scotland (FSAS) and devised in partnership with local authority Environmental Health Officers.

Using the scheme’s website – www.food.gov.uk/ratings - consumers have easy access to the results of food hygiene inspections carried out by the council.

Updates are available on Facebook and Twitter and there’s a free app available to download.

Councillor Helen McKenna said: “Our Environmental Health Officers carry out regular inspections on all premises that sell food, covering food hygiene practices, procedures and records. Under the new Food Hygiene Information Scheme, businesses will be assessed as either a ‘pass’ or ‘improvement required’. “Now, consumers can quickly find this information on their favourite restaurants, cafes or shops, giving peace of mind about their hygiene standards.”

Businesses achieving a pass in their inspection can display a distinctive blue certificate and sticker, letting customers know at a glance that they meet national standards.

Over 85 per cent of Scottish food businesses within the scheme achieve a pass, with the remainder being assessed as requiring improvement and given a report explaining the changes they need to make.