CUSTOMERS at eateries throughout the Whitby area are benefiting from a food hygiene rating scheme that has now been in operation for a year.
The national scheme was launched in the Scarborough area last year and is proving successful in raising hygiene standards.
Steve Pogson, Scarborough Borough Council’s health and community safety manager said: “We have been very pleased with the response to the scheme since it was launched a year ago.
“It is particularly pleasing to note the improvement in the ratings which I believe shows that food businesses in our area are now fully aware of how a good rating can be good for their business.”
Last year, around 75% of businesses in the area were rated as either good or very good but latest figures show that the numbers have now risen to 85%.
“The aim of the scheme is to help consumers make informed choices about where to eat out or shop for food and also to assist in driving up food hygiene standards generally.
The scheme covers most businesses that supply food directly to consumers, including restaurants, shops, cafes, takeaways, delicatessens, care homes, hotels and pubs.
Each food business receiving a rating is issued with a sticker and certificate to display at their premises.
When the scheme was launched 600 food businesses in the borough had received a rating and this has now risen to almost 1,300.
Further premises are added as they are inspected under a routine inspection programme.