Lincoln ranked joint 6th place of cities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in The Food Hygiene Report 2019 Report, conducted by High Speed Training
Restaurants, cafes and fast food takeaways across the East Midlands received an average food hygiene rating of 4.49, ranking as the third best region in the country.
Louise Harding, City of Lincoln Council’s food health and safety team leader said: “I think one of the reasons Lincoln is so high on the list is because, as an authority, we want all food businesses in Lincoln to be the best that they can be.
“Each establishment gets the same treatment and the same standards are expected.
“If for some reason the business falls short of those standards during their inspection, we will work with that business to try and get them to a rating that they can be proud of.”
The Food Standards Agency requires all food establishments to have a rating from 0 (‘urgent improvement needed’) to 5 (‘very good’), and are encouraged to display them to customers.
Environmental Health Officers investigate hygienic food handling, condition of the premises and facilities, and food safety management.
Across the UK, one in 15 food premises have a food hygiene rating of two or lower.
The full report can be seen at: www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/food-hygiene-ratings-report-2019
by Tom McBeth