Five star hygiene ratings for 90 per cent of Darlington restaurants

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD RATING: Darlington's restaurants have been given the seal of approval by health officials GOOD RATING: Darlington's restaurants have been given the seal of approval by health officials

ALMOST 90 per cent of Darlington’s eating establishments have achieved a five star hygiene rating, new figures show.

Darlington Borough Council has hailed the success of the food hygiene rating scheme at the start of National Food Safety Week, with 642 cafes, restaurants and canteens achieving the top rating across the town.

Under the hygiene scheme, food outlets are inspected by officers from the council who then feed the results back to a national website.

Outlets can be rated from zero – urgent improvement necessary – to five, very good, with inspections based on hygiene, good management and safe systems.

Councillor Chris McEwan, the council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “It is great to see so many of the borough’s cafes and restaurants doing so well in terms of food safety and hygiene, and is testament to the combined hard work of these places and the environmental health team at the council.”

To review the food hygiene rating of a restaurant or business visit food.gov.uk/ratings and search by restaurant or location.

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7:54pm Mon 16 Jun 14

dcx3li says...

How much did it cost them? Does it work on a sliding scale...£100 for 5* £90 4* and so on, I've been in takeaways in town that I wouldn't let my DOG eat food from, the councils food standards are a joke in this town.
How much did it cost them? Does it work on a sliding scale...£100 for 5* £90 4* and so on, I've been in takeaways in town that I wouldn't let my DOG eat food from, the councils food standards are a joke in this town. dcx3li
  • Score: -6

8:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

changingman2001 says...

I would rather have seen the 642 named and praised. Well done on such a great set of results. The 8 who were 1/0 star-rated were right to be named, but the 642 5 star establishments surely deserved a bit of coverage. It can only be good for regulars who eat there to know they are being well catered for and may attract new custom...come on Echo, this is your town - sing its praises, not just its failures
I would rather have seen the 642 named and praised. Well done on such a great set of results. The 8 who were 1/0 star-rated were right to be named, but the 642 5 star establishments surely deserved a bit of coverage. It can only be good for regulars who eat there to know they are being well catered for and may attract new custom...come on Echo, this is your town - sing its praises, not just its failures changingman2001
  • Score: 12

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