FSA issue ‘look before you book’ advice for Christmas meals out

People are being urged to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants before booking Christmas meals out with family and friends, following the completion of a poll by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Almost half of the UK public (46%) never check food hygiene ratings of places they plan to eat in, according to the poll results. That’s despite 34% of people also reporting, via the poll, that they’ve had a “bad experience when eating out and suspecting they contracted food poisoning from a restaurant or takeaway”.

“It’s quick and easy to check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating online,” said FSA, adding that those who haven’t booked ahead should look for a “green and black ratings sticker” which should be on display.

“If you can’t see one, just ask,” said FSA.

Access the FSA ratings site

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