FSA says diners will shun outlets with hygiene rating below 3

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Only 3% of people said that they are unconcerned by hygiene ratings
Only 3% of people said that they are unconcerned by hygiene ratings
The Food Standards Agency is warning diners not to book their Christmas meal at any outlet with a low hygiene rating.

The FSA released a poll yesterday which found that 25% of people plan to book their festive meals this week.

The survey also found that although 39% of those polled reported having a bad experience when eating out, 41% never check the ratings before choosing a venue.

The FSA said that once hygiene ratings had been explained, 83% of those polled said that they would not consider eating at a restaurant rated lower than a 3.  Only 3% of people said that they are unconcerned by the rating and that they would take their chances anywhere, if they were hungry. 57% said they wouldn’t go to a festive meal if they found out the restaurant had a low rating.

Catriona Stewart, head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme, said: “We are urging everybody to look before they book if planning that special Christmas meal. We want to tell people that it’s quick and easy to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating. They can look on the FSA website or, if they are out and about, check for the green and black ratings sticker on display or ask restaurant staff.

“91% of restaurants are rated 3 and above. We hope this survey will encourage those restaurants that have a low rating to improve their food hygiene practices.”

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A score of 3 or below isn't dangerous to health

Posted by Mike Coleman,

But neither is a waiter dripping a runny nose over your steak.

So while a meal in a 3 and below restaurant won't kill you, do you really want to give them your custom?

Of course not, so sign the petition to ensure every restaurant displays its score. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66339

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Posted by Kevin O'Connor,

It's a pity they did away with A4 poster with you rating on

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Why are they still allowed to trade

Posted by The way Forward,

If the FSA is so concerned about outlets with below "3" ratings then surely they should close them down untill they get thier standards to "3" or above.

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