Merton restaurant hygiene scores now online

The hygiene scores of over 400 of Merton’s restaurants are now available online, as part of the London Scores on the Doors food hygiene scheme.

Supported by Food Standard Agency (FSA), the scheme has been driven by public interest in kitchen cleanliness and a desire to see improvement in hygiene standards.

Members of the public can check the hygiene rating of restaurants, cafes and other food outlets online. Eateries inspected since January this year will be rated according to the food hygiene inspections report enabling the public to make informed choices about where to eat.

Eateries are rated from zero to five stars. A two star rating is defined as largely compliant with national requirements. Restaurants have been issued with window stickers to show their star rating. Currently sticker displays are voluntary, but this may become a requirement in London next year. Restaurants that fail to meet the standard are advised on how to improve their food handling practices and are alerted that they could be subject to enforcement action.

All Merton’s higher risk premises will be on the website by the middle of next year. The hygiene standards of London restaurants can be viewed at http://www.yourlondon.gov.uk/foodscores

Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Diane Neil Mills said:

“We are delighted consumers will be able to exercise choice about where to eat in Merton, based not only on the menu but also on how thorough the restaurants are in maintaining hygiene.

‘I’m especially pleased to see so many restaurants have achieved three stars or more with over eighty premises getting four stars and twelve so far achieving the very top score of five stars. Importantly, it will recognise those businesses which work hard to maintain good standards and for others it will act as driver for improvements.”

Head of Strategy and Policy Branch at the FSA, Nathan Philippo said:

‘The Food Standards Agency is pleased to be working with local authorities across the country to deliver scores on the doors. We see increased consumer awareness as a key tool in the future of local authority engagement with businesses.’

ENDS

Notes to the Editor

· Participating London boroughs are Barnet, Brent, Camden, Islington, Kingston, Hammersmith Fulham, Redbridge, Richmond, Westminster, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Harrow, Haringey, Newham, Enfield, Hackney, Lambeth, Barking & Dagenham, Wandsworth, Ealing, Merton, Bromley, Croydon, Southwark, Sutton and City of London.
· Scores on the Doors will form part of a pilo