90% of food businesses in Antrim and Newtownabbey now expected to be displaying food hygiene ratings
13 December 2016
Around 90% of food businesses in Antrim and Newtownabbey should now be displaying their food hygiene rating sticker after the Food Hygiene Rating Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 came into effect in October this year. This follows a co-ordinated effort by Council Officers to visit food businesses in the Borough to ensure that they are now displaying their green and black food hygiene rating sticker, somewhere easy to spot from the outside of their premises. The Council will continue to work with the remaining businesses in the coming weeks to ensure that all eligible businesses in the Borough are compliant with the new requirements.
During the festive period, it is estimated that 323,074 Christmas meals will be eaten out in Antrim and Newtownabbey. The Council is now urging people to make the most of the new information available by checking that a restaurant scores a minimum rating of three before they book a festive meal out.
Colin Kelly, Environmental Health Manager at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council commented “We’re delighted to see so many food businesses in the Borough now displaying hygiene information. This follows a week of visits to all of our restaurants, pubs, cafes, food shops, hospitals, care homes and schools to ensure that they are complying with the new law to display their hygiene rating sticker. We are now urging consumers to make the most of this new transparency by looking for these ratings and choosing restaurants which score three or above. That way, consumers can play a part in improving food hygiene standards in Antrim and Newtownabbey”.
Mark O’Neill, Senior Advisor, Local Authority Policy and Delivery, Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland said: “It’s testament to the great work of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council that so many food businesses in their Borough are already compliant with the Food Hygiene Rating Act, which came into operation in October, making it mandatory for food businesses to display their hygiene ratings”.
No matter what the hygiene rating of the food business, by law they now have to display the rating sticker given by the Council following inspection. This can range from ‘5’ which means the food hygiene standards are very good, down to ‘0’ where urgent improvement is necessary. This instant and visible hygiene rating information will help people choose where to eat out in restaurants, pubs and cafes this Christmas. It will also provide guidance when shopping and buying food in supermarkets and other food shops as well as hospitals, care homes and schools.
For more information contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 or E. [email protected]