The good, the bad, The Unhygienic

THE BEST and worst eateries in terms of food hygiene have been revealed by a new rating system.

Until now, both West Lindsey District Council and North Lincolnshire Council have used the Scores on the Doors rating scheme, but have changed to the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), run in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Restaurants, takeaways and pubs are currently inspected by environmental health officers from the local authority, but the new scheme will include a wider range of premises, such as butchers, greengrocers, supermarkets and pubs that do not sell food.

New-style certificates will be issued and premises will be expected to display a sticker at the entrance for the benefit of customers - however they do not have to do so.

The standards found at the inspections are rated on a scale ranging from five for ‘very good’ to zero which means ‘urgent improvement necessary.’

One Rasen area business to receive a one rating - major improvement necessary - was The Olde Barn at Tealby.

The inspection took place in December last year and since then manager Lorraine Whyne says they have done everything required of them.

“When we were inspected we did not have the Safer Food, Better Business book and some of our staff did not have food hygiene certificates.

“All staff have now been trained, everything is in place and I know everything we are supposed to be doing is being done.

“We were reinspected in February and the environmental health man signed us off, but we are disappointed our rating hasn’t been changed.”

Businesses are able to request a reinspection, but Lorraine says the Olde Barn will not be doing this.

Other food outlets with a rating of one include JJs Cafe and Mattus in Market Rasen, together with Tealby Tea Rooms.

But the number of businesses under both local authorities who have received a top rating of five far outweighs the handful who have been told to improve.

One of those is Jossals in Market Rasen’s Queen Street, which has achieved a top rating for the second time.

“We are really proud of our rating,” said co-owner Maxine Guymer.

“We don’t know when the inspector will be paying a spot check visit, so we work hard to maintain our high standards at all times.”

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, Albion Tea Rooms and Oxford Street Fisheries in Market Rasen and The Nags Head in Middle as well as many others also got the top mark.

To find out more about the rating scheme and how your favourite eatery has been scored, log on to the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings