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Food outlets warned to up their game over hygiene

Food outlets warned to up their game over hygiene

Published at 7:12am 6th February 2017. (Updated at 12:08pm 6th February 2017)

If you eat out in Harrogate or Craven, you stand a better chance of going somewhere with a good hygiene rating than in almost anywhere else in Yorkshire.

That's according to research, which also suggests establishments need to up their game or risk losing customers.

The data, released by rural insurer NFU Mutual, found that, across the two districts, one restaurant and cafe in every 20 still had a rating of three stars or lower.

That compares to around one in seven across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

A survey also found 44% of people would turn away form a place to eat if it had a hygiene rating of three or less.

From 2019, new legislation will mean everywhere serving food will have to display their score.

Explaining what establishments need to do to get a good rating, Frank Woods, from NFU Mutual, said: "They're marked on a range of things from management, administration, record-keeping and obviously the actual physical hygiene levels - food preperation, storage and handling - and to score a four or five, all of these areas need to be scored very highly."

In Harrogate, 75 restaurants and cafes had a food hygiene rating of three stars or less, which is 4.66% of the total number.

In Craven, the figure was 49 (5.48%).

The numbers compare well with neighbouring authorities like Leeds (14.57%), Bradford (14.64%) and York (13.78%).

You can find out how a restaurant or cafe near you scores at ratings.food.gov.uk