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Tendring one of just three councils to snub food hygiene scheme
7:00am Saturday 12th January 2013 in News
TENDRING has refused to join a scheme which tells food fans how well restaurants and cafes score with hygiene watchdogs.
The authority is one of just three in the whole of England, Wales and Northern Ireland that hasn’t adopted the scheme.
It was developed by the Food Standards Agency and scores outlets from zero, if they need urgent improvement, to five, for those rated very good.
The ratings can be displayed in the premises and publicised online at food.gov.uk/ratings or on a mobile phone app.
Some restaurant bosses say it would lead to more bureaucracy.
But Ray Dowsett, who runs Harry’s Bar and Restaurant in Thorpe-le-Soken, said a good rating could give the edge over competitors.
Tendring Council has not ruled out adopting the scheme in future.
Environment boss Nick Turner said 100 establishments would be surveyed about joining.
“When I have the results and if there is a reasonable response we will be able to discuss it in cabinet,” he said.