Look before you book for Valentine's Day

6 February 2017

Planning to take your Valentine out for a meal on February 14?

Before you do take a look at our video!

Probably the last thing you want to think about before an important dinner is whether or not the place you choose takes food hygiene seriously. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme means you don't have to.

The Food Standards Agency is urging you look before you book and check the food hygiene rating before deciding where to go on your special date. The truth is, you can't tell a restaurant's hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how romantic and decor and ambience is.

It's the things you can't see - like germs spread by hand hygiene practices - that you need to consider. There's one easy way to set your mind at rest - check the food hygiene rating. This tells you about hygiene standards in restaurant's and other food businesses.

It's really simple to check. Just go online to the Food Standards Agency's website, or if you're out and about look for the green and black sticker; if you can't see one just ask the staff.

The ratings in Newark and Sherwood are determined by Newark and Sherwood District Council food safety officers and range from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating meaning very good food hygiene standards.

To find out more visit the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme website.

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