Food hygiene standards in North Kesteven eateries in the top 10 per cent in country

Clean bill of health for most North Kesteven eateries. EMN-150906-163415001
Clean bill of health for most North Kesteven eateries. EMN-150906-163415001

Eateries in the North Kesteven district have been ranked among the top ten per cent in the country for food hygiene standards.

In the latest Which? report of all 398 councils, North Kesteven District Council came 39th, placing it in the top 10 per cent of local authorities overall.

The annual report uses three indicators in order to measure how well a council enforces food hygiene.

These are the percentage of high to medium risk food establishments compliant with hygiene law, the proportion of rated food premises in the area and the percentage of planned interventions that were carried out.

So, there are plenty of great places to eat safely in North Kesteven for Father’s Day, and nearly all are complying with food hygiene standards thanks to businesses and council officers’ hard work.

In North Kesteven, 92 per cent of food firms comply with hygiene law, and of those businesses requiring an intervention by the council, 97.6 per cent of these are carried out.

NKDC works closely with 810 food companies across the district to maintain its high standards beyond the Food Hygiene Rating stickers in windows. The team consistently inspects premises handling food, looking at not just food preparation, but also the kitchen’s cleanliness, stock control, contamination issue awareness, law compliancy and good record keeping.

Those who are not meeting standards are brought to task, and have to improve their facilities as well as have a low hygiene rating on file for the public to see.

NKDC is the most effective council in Lincolnshire for ensuring food businesses meet requirements.

Coun Richard Wright, Executive Board member with responsibility for environmental health, said: “Our ranking with food hygiene reports and the continued standards being upheld by businesses on inspection shows how seriously we take food hygiene enforcement in the district.

“We are committed to ensuring our residents have confidence in the places they choose to eat, and are assured that hygiene is taken seriously by both the council and food businesses. The council also gives firms that work with food plenty of support to make sure they are running their businesses within the law.

“Reports like Which?’s show that there is a wide range of quality places to eat and drink safely this Father’s Day in the district.”