New standard for hygeine

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RESIDENTS in North East Derbyshire can find out more about the hygiene standards of food businesses thanks to a new ratings system.

North East Derbyshire Council has joined forces with the Food Standards Agency to launch the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Hundreds of businesses – restaurants, takeaways, cafes, pubs, hotels and supermarkets – have been rated under the initiative, designed to help customers choose where to eat or shop, and to drive up hygiene standards.

Each business is given a rating from zero to five when they are inspected by the council’s Environmental Health Officers. A similar scheme already operates in Sheffield.

Coun Nick Foster, responsible for environment, said: “This new system should help local people make a more informed choice.”