Grantham takeaways with poor hygiene ratings urged to take up free course

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Takeaway restaurants are being encouraged to take up the Food Standards Agency’s free coaching and food awareness courses.

Managers of outlets across South Kesteven with a two, one or zero food hygiene rating have received a letter advising them of the available sessions.

Businesses can arrange a visit from a Food Standards Agency official at a time that suits them at their premises.

They will offer advice and solutions on a range of issues from cleaning through to food preparation to help them improve their rating.

The letters apply to just 4.2 per cent of food businesses in South Kesteven, with most having a three or above rating, but the council is keen for every restaurant in the bracket zero to two bracket to improve their food hygiene score.

South Kesteven District Council’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “This is a real opportunity for takeaways to climb up the food hygiene rating system and give their reputation a boost at the same time.

“The rating is a public figure displayed on stickers in eateries’ windows and doors across the district and nationwide which is why restaurants and takeaways should take it very seriously.

“So those who could improve their rating should take these free advice sessions, which cost businesses nothing.”

Businesses will be contacted about the sessions by the Food Standards Agency or their representatives.