Eat out with confidence as food safety improves in the Forest of Dean

Food businesses within the Forest of Dean are celebrating as standards of food safety rise for a fifth consecutive year. Food Safety officers working for Forest of Dean District Council, have been visiting local businesses to ensure legal standards are met, protecting the public from food poisoning.

Following a visit from an officer, each premises receives a food hygiene rating from 0 to 5 - the poorest to the best performing. Since 2015 the number achieving a fully compliant 5 point score has increased from 58% to 80% of the overall premises, whilst the number of poorer performing 0 to 2 point premises has reduced from 10% to 3%.

Matt Kirby, Environmental Services Business Manager said ‘The team have worked in partnership with our local businesses to consistently improve food safety performance. These latest results show that we are on track to protect public health and provide consumer confidence, whilst supporting local businesses to prosper.’

 Cllr Sid Phelps, Cabinet Member for Environment, Wildlife, Heritage and Culture said "With 4 out of 5 food premises now at 5 points in the district, we can be rightly proud of our record of continual improvement. Council food safety officers will of course continue to work with our food outlets to improve standards even further in the future."

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