EVERY food establishment in Burnley and Padiham is to be rated for its cleanliness and hygiene as part of a new scheme launched by the council.
The launch was held at Turf Moor – one of the businesses awarded a top score for the way it handles food.
The scheme covers around 600 businesses which sell food direct to the public, including corner shops, supermarkets, takeaways, restaurants and pubs.
They have been ranked from 0-5, with a zero score meaning urgent improvement is needed and five being very good, following inspections by Burnley Council environmental health officers.
Designed to help customers make informed choices about the places where they eat and buy food from, it is hoped the scheme will also encourage food businesses to improve hygiene standards.
Representatives from the council, the Food Standards Agency, which is co-ordinating the scheme nationally, and Burnley Football Club were at Turf Moor to celebrate the launch.
Coun. Peter McCann, the council’s Executive member for environmental health, said: “This isn’t about how good the food you’ll be served is but it does give customers clear information about hygiene and cleanliness standards so they can make a choice about where they buy their meal. It’s also hoped the scheme will encourage businesses to improve their standards.
“Businesses will also be encouraged to put up a certificate to show what rating they have achieved. They don’t have to, but if they get a good rating we expect they’ll want to show that and if they don’t display their rating then customers can draw their own conclusion.
“The majority of businesses operate properly and this will allow them to show this to their customers.”