FOOD HYGIENE RATINGS: Half of all Sheffield food businesses given top ratings

Rawson Springs at Hillsborough voted The Star's best bar of 2014, with manager Grace Hopkins and staff members Sharon Talbot and Gareth Judge
Rawson Springs at Hillsborough voted The Star's best bar of 2014, with manager Grace Hopkins and staff members Sharon Talbot and Gareth Judge
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Half of all food businesses in Sheffield have received a top rating following food safety inspections.

The Food Standards Agency launched its food hygiene rating scheme five years ago, which sees inspectors visit premises and give them a rating between zero and five.

Out of the 3,365 businesses visited in the last five years in Sheffield, 1,974 were awarded the top five star rating.

A total of 874 were given a four star rating, 351 a three, 61 a two and 101 a one. There were four which were given the lowest rating of zero.

Nationally, the FSA found that 83.7 per cent of outlets owned by the biggest high street food chains were given a rating of five. Of the largest 20 food chains, JD Wetherspoon and Pret A Manger had the highest proportion of five ratings - 93.1 per cent.

Alistair Broome, general manager for JD Wetherspoon pubs in Sheffield, said: “We are delighted with the results from the FSA. Food hygiene is of paramount importance to our customers and the results highlight the commitment of our pub staff to ensuring excellent food hygiene at all times.”

Catriona Stewart, who heads up the scheme urged customers to ‘look before they book’.

She said: “Our latest data shows how seriously high street chains take food hygiene. We want to build on the success of the scheme over its first five years and reduce consumer risk even further by encouraging people to ‘look before they book’.

“Telling people about hygiene standards in food outlets in a way that is clear and easy to understand has made a real difference.

“We’ve seen standards improve and more and more businesses are able to show their customers that they take food hygiene seriously.

“It’s really easy to check the hygiene rating of a food business just go to the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.”