Council to tweet food hygiene scores of local businesses

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council plan to start tweeting the hygiene scores of local catering and retail food businesses in a bid to inform residents on where is safe to eat and to put pressure on businesses which are lacking in hygiene standards.

The council plan to tweet food hygiene scores in a bid to further hygiene standards in catering and retail food businesses across the borough.

Scores on the Doors

Local food businesses across both towns are already rated online on the Food Standards Agency’s website by safety officers to ensure that customers are aware of where is safe to buy and eat food in their area.

In a move to increase the awareness of the hygiene scores, the council will begin tweeting the scores.

A scale of 0-5 will be used, with 0 meaning urgent improvement is needed and 5 that conditions are very good. Businesses will be notified of their score and will have 2 weeks to submit an appeal if they are unhappy with it. After this time period the results can be published and the public made aware.

Councillor Neil Phillips, a cabinet member for health and environment, said: “Businesses are asked to display a sticker indicating their score but as display is not compulsory, many of them choose not to for various reasons.

“We want to make it easier for our residents to find out what the hygiene standards are like at their favourite eatery or food shop and so we will be taking advantage of social media, specifically Twitter, to get the message across.”

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