Food businesses across Burnley are celebrating after receiving top marks for their food hygiene.
A total of 26 catering outlets have been given a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 - the highest level possible following the latest round of inspections by Burnley Council’s environmental health team.
Businesses which have received five stars are Subway, Asda, Sizzling, Continentals, Rhode Island Coffee, Hog Roast, Krafty Cow, Best Booze, The Long Causeway Trading Company, Nice & Tasty, Venice Street Community Centre, K.G. Butchers, Kendricks Mobile Catering, Chez Nanny, W.H. Oddie Ltd, Cafe Exertis, Jade's Cupcakery, and Bobbis On A Roll.
Schools and nurseries across Burnley have also received top marks. Those awarded are St Mary's RC Primary, Heasandford County Primary, Holy Trinity CofE, St John the Baptist, St Joseph’s Park Hill School, Kinderbear Nursery, Magical Tree Nurseries, and Healey Wood Nursery.
Councillor Mohammed Ishtiaq, Burnley Council’s executive member for environmental health, said: “The food hygiene rating scheme plays an essential role in the council’s work to protect consumers and improve standards in the food industry. It has been designed to make sure that the ratings given to businesses are fair. It rewards those businesses that are achieving high standards and also helps to raise standards in those that require improvement.
“The environmental health team works hard to help new and existing businesses achieve high ratings. This helps businesses succeed by offering customers reassurance that the food on offer there is safe.
“I would like to congratulate all the businesses that have been awarded the top rating and encourage people to check the rating online in advance or look out for the distinctive green and black food hygiene rating stickers and certificates when visiting premises.”
During an inspection, each food business is checked for the following:
- how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
- the condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
- how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
At the end of the inspection, our food safety officers give the business a rating between 0-5.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps customers make an informed choice about where to eat by highlighting restaurants, pubs and cafés with excellent food hygiene.
Customers are encouraged to check food hygiene ratings when choosing where to eat by looking for the FHRS sticker before ordering food.
The hygiene results for all Burnley food businesses are also available on the Food Standards Agency website (http://ratings.food.gov.uk).