A worrying number of food safety businesses in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford have fallen below the standards set out by the newly-introduced Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).
The food rating scheme was launched by Trafford metropolitan borough council just a few days ago after it was introduced in other areas, but it is already clear that a significant number of local businesses are not living up to their food hygiene responsibilities.
Whilst 241 food outlets passed the scheme with flying colours, as many as 279 were found to be below par. Of these, ten were considered to be urgent cases, the rest being classified as in need of major improvement.
Trafford council is expected to work with local businesses, offering guidance and support, to improve standards, and officials are likely to recommend more advanced food hygiene training for employees. Peter Molyneaux, who is the corporate director of environment, transport and operations for Trafford council, said:
“I am confident by continuing to work with our local food businesses, we will not only see improved Food Standards Agency food hygiene ratings but also an improved customer experience,”