A new report has revealed that food hygiene standards in the Wealden area are among the best in the country. Nationally, the average percentage of businesses rated satisfactory, good or very good is 95%. The average for Wealden is much higher at 99%. Wealden’s places to eat are rated among the safest in the country.

Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet Member for Community and Public Health said: “This is a fantastic achievement for food establishments across Wealden and places the District at the top of the national scale. These scores will ensure public confidence and, in turn, encourage more visitors to enjoy eating out in the area. It is reassuring that food businesses in Wealden have reached such high food hygiene standards.”

The food hygiene rating scheme aims to improve hygiene standards and help customers make a better informed choice when eating out.

Under this scheme, the Food Standard Agency publishes the ratings businesses receive on their hygiene and food safety so that customers can see how good (or bad) they are. While it is not mandatory to display ratings, they are available to the public on the FSA national website https://ratings.food.gov.uk/ or through a number of mobile phone apps available on App Store or Google Play.

Good businesses deserve public recognition for providing and maintaining high standards of food hygiene.

When food businesses are routinely inspected, they are given a rating between 0 and 5. The better the hygiene standards, the higher the rating.