People are advised to check hygiene ratings at restaurants and cafes across the Vale of Glamorgan before deciding on where to eat on Valentine’s Day.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by Vale of Glamorgan Council. Businesses are rated on a scale ranging from 0, meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.
There are over 900 eating establishments across the Vale with a rating of 3 and above.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory & Legal Services, Hunter Jarvie said: “Valentine’s Day is a busy time for our local restaurants, takeaways, cafes and pubs. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for everyone to choose their romantic meal in places where food hygiene is taken seriously. A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of.”
The green and black food hygiene rating stickers should be displayed on windows and doors. Takeaways must provide information about their food hygiene rating on their flyers /menus.
If you can’t find the sticker, then ask a member of staff or check online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings. You can also report this to the local authority.
Richard Bowen, Interim Director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, said: “You can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by its website or by how romantic the ambience is. But the Food Hygiene Rating tells you what’s going on behind the scenes, so you should factor that in when deciding where to eat for Valentine’s Day.”