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.