Are you eating out in Newry? Check before you choose!

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Monday, October 7th, 2013
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93% of food businesses in the Newry area have a food hygiene rating of three or above. This is great news for would-be diners in the area but what about the 7% of food businesses that don’t meet the hygiene standard? This is where the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme provides invaluable access to information about what goes on behind-the-scenes in all food businesses to check food is prepared hygienically and safely. The scheme allows you to check the rating of a business and if it’s below three, you can choose to switch to a business with a higher rating. The scheme, which is operated by Newry and Mourne District Council rates food businesses on a scale of zero to five, with zero meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’ and the top rating of five representing a ‘very good’ standard of food hygiene. Those businesses with a rating of zero, one or two have hygiene standards below that expected by food law. Consumers in Newry can look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers which should be displayed on windows and doors to find out the rating of any food business in the area. No sign of a sticker? Then ask inside or check online at to make sure the business doesn’t have a low rating. Director of Environment, Health and Building Services at Newry and Mourne District Council, John Farrell, commented, “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a fantastic tool for all consumers in Newry to find out the hygiene standards of the food businesses in the area. “Most people would like to think that the kitchens and food preparation areas in the places they buy food from are clean and hygienic. The stickers make it easy for everyone to check a rating and if it is below three you should consider switching your choice rather than eat somewhere with a low hygiene rating. “Our aim is to drive up standards so that all food businesses in the area have a rating of three or above.” Go online and check out the food hygiene rating of your favourite local eateries at
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