HYGIENE inspectors have delivered their verdicts on the cleanliness and standards of food outlets across Whitby from corner shops to cafes to ice cream kiosks.
The Food Standards Agency have published their findings and rated each establishment from 0-5 with five being the highest. No businesses scored zero but some from Whitby were marked down including the Cod and Lobster at Staithes, Fylingdales Service Station, and Java on Flowergate.
Raithwaite Hotel has been graded this year as four which is good and those scoring very highly included Beacon farm at Sneaton, award winning chippy, Quayside and Radfords Butchers in Sleights.
All three of Botham’s Whitby branches - Baxtergate, Skinner Street and Enterprise Way - were give the highest rating.
Managing director Mike Jarman told the Gazette: “Obviously we are delighted. The staff take the hygiene and cleanliness seriously and we are very proud of them for keeping up the standards.”
Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) has launched a twitter campaign aimed at raising awareness of the scheme, encouraging more people to check the ratings and inspiring businesses to improve.
Steve Pogson, Health and Community Safety Manager, said: “We take food safety and the safety of consumers very seriously. While the majority of food businesses have achieved the top two food hygiene ratings, our aim is for this figure to be 100 per cent.”
See tomorrow’s Whitby Gazette for full listings.