According to the latest figures, food hygiene ratings in Bolton restaurants have improved over the last year, suggesting that more businesses are improving in areas such as kitchen cleanliness and food safety training.
So far this year, more than 1,250 food-serving premises in the Greater Manchester town have achieved either a level four or a level five food hygiene rating, which means that they are either ‘good’ or ‘very good’. This is an increase of more than 10 per cent compared to last year’s figures, in which only 1,150 premises scored the same.
Commenting on the good news for Bolton restaurants and their customers, the local council’s executive cabinet member for environment Councillor Nick Peel said:
“We are delighted that the number of category four and five businesses has continued to rise in Bolton, meaning that our residents have an increased number of high quality food establishments to choose from.”
There is also evidence in Bolton that the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), has made a big difference to food business owner’s attitudes towards food hygiene. Since Bolton Council adopted the scheme in 2011, around 88 per cent of businesses now comply with food safety standards.