A TOTAL of 16 food businesses in Fermanagh have been deemed less than satisfactory when it comes to food hygiene.
The businesses have been rated by Fermanagh District Council on a Food Standards Agency scale of zero to five to assess their hygiene.
And, while none inspected received a score of zero (urgent improvement necessary), four received a two which means ‘major improvement necessary’ and twelve were deemed as ‘improvement necessary’.
The rating scheme first came to the county in 2010, and currently, 98% of premises are rated at ‘generally satisfactory’ or above.
Just over 40% of premises have a rating of 5, meaning ‘very good’, while 39.4% of premises have a rating of four, ‘good’.
Businesses are rated on: 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.
“Ratings like this show that these premises are fully committed to maintaining high standards of food safety for their customers,” explained Lynda Hutton, head of Environmental Health at Fermanagh District Council.
She noted that the council’s environmental health officers ‘work closely’ with those businesses rated as one or two.
She continued: “A feature of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, however, is that unless the business applies for a re-score, the original rating will appear on the Food Standards Agency website until the next full programmed inspection.”
Those businesses who scored just one on the ratings schemes are Border Bite Cavan Road, Newtownbutler; China City Forthill Street, Enniskillen; China Sam Takeaway Main Street Roslea; and The Hungry Hound, Sligo Road Enniskillen.
Fermanagh District Council also issues each premises with a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme window sticker and certificate after its inspection which highlights the rating awarded. While these can be displayed in premises for customer information, premises in Northern Ireland are under no obligation to display them.
Consumers can find out premises ratings on the Food Standards Agency website at http://ratings.food.gov.uk.
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