29/11/19: Look Before You Book your Festive Feast this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner and preparations for the festive season well underway, peoples' thoughts will now be turning to finding the perfect place to celebrate with family, work colleagues and friends.

Breckland Council is urging anyone planning a Christmas meal to 'look before you book', researching the Food Hygiene Rating of potential venues before deciding to eat there. The number of businesses with top-ranked Food Hygiene Ratings in Breckland at an all-time high, with latest figures showing the percentage of venues with 3 (satisfactory) 4 (good) and 5 (very good) ratings at 97.8 per cent.  A Breckland catering business providing food to the public needs to comply with food hygiene law at all times, which includes handling of food, stored, prepared, cleanliness of facilities and food safety management. The ratings report are determined following an unannounced visit by local authority food safety officers, who follow national guidelines and are trained to make sure ratings are consistently applied.

The Council's Food, Health and Safety team work across the District to monitor standards and offer advice and guidance on good hygiene practices. As well as these inspections the team work closely with Public Health England to be fully aware of national trends of food poisoning and infectious diseases.

The Council's training company, Environmental Health Consultancy (EHC), also work to help food businesses improve and sustain hygiene standards. ehcUK offer training and consultancy support to businesses, including  how businesses can improve and maintain their Food Hygiene Ratings. More information can be found about their services at www.ehcuk.co.uk.  You can view the ratings of all establishments in the District via a portal on our website, which you can find at www.breckland.gov.uk/view-hygiene-ratings. If you're out and about, just check for the green and black sticker which is usually on display in a front window or on a wall. If you can't see one, just ask.

Last updated: 03/02/2020 16:15:02