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Look before you book this Christmas: don’t let poor food hygiene ruin your work party

If you’re planning that special Christmas meal with work colleagues, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and South Somerset District Council (SSDC) would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices - that you need to consider. There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from that take food safety seriously and have achieved a high rating, so there is no need to risk food poisoning while eating out this Christmas. FSA latest figures show that the percentage of food businesses achieving the highest rating of ‘5’ has risen from 53% in 2015 to 67% in 2017. They also show that 95% of all food business have received a rating of at least a ‘3’.

As workplaces across the country start thinking about venues for this year’s Christmas party, the FSA are encouraging organisers to check the ratings on their website  or if you’re out and about, check for the green and black sticker. If you can’t see one, just ask.

Posted: 14/11/2017 12:11:49


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