West Norfolk diners are being urged to check the food hygiene rating of any restaurant they plan to visit over the festive period.
Under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, food businesses in West Norfolk are inspected to see how well they meet hygiene regulations.
They are inspected by West Norfolk Council’s food safety officers, who then give each business a rating.
There are six hygiene ratings from 0 (urgent improvement required) to 5 (very good).
Currently 95 per cent of the 1240 food businesses rated in West Norfolk have a rating of 3 or above. This is above the national average.
Every business rated under the FHRS is given a window sticker and a certificate, which they are encouraged to display to show their rating. If the sticker isn’t on display, the staff should know about their rating.
Consumers can also look before you book, and check ratings before their visit, as they are available online at www.food.gov.uk/ratings or on mobile apps.
Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for housing and community, said: “The rating system is a great way to tell at a glance what a business’s hygiene standards are.
“I encourage all local residents to look out for the green and black rating sticker, or check online before they dine.”