Food outlets win seal of approval

PUBLISHED: 14:32 24 December 2011

An application for a new cafe on Sidmouth High Street is set to be approved on Tuesday.

An application for a new cafe on Sidmouth High Street is set to be approved on Tuesday.

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Forty-four per cent of food outlets and restaurants in Exmouth have been given the food watchdogs' top mark.

And more than 95 per cent meet the Food Standards Agency’s seal of approval.

It is now easier for consumers to make an informed choice of where they eat, thanks to recent introduction of the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

The scheme was introduced in East Devon earlier this year - initially, with permanent catering establishments, but with mobile caterers and food retailers soon expected to follow.

Restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, takeaways and other places that sell or serve food are now being rated from zero to five on their hygiene standards when a food hygiene inspection is carried out by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

Out of the 148 establishments inspected in Exmouth since April 1 this year, 65 (43.9 per cent) have been ranked with top marks, scoring a five rating.

A further 34 (22.97 per cent) have a four rating and 42 (28.37 per cent) are ranked with a three – a ‘generally satisfactory’ score.

However, four outlets have a two ranking, which means that ‘improvement is necessary’, while two have a one ranking or that ‘major improvement is necessary’. One establishment is unranked with zero - or ‘urgent improvement necessary’.

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