If you’re planning that special Christmas meal with work colleagues, friends or family the Wrexham Council Food and Farming Team would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’.

Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how busy it is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider.

There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating.

The food hygiene rating tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses. It’s really easy to check.

Just go online and check the Food Standards Agency website or if you’re out and about check for the green and black sticker.

The ratings are determined by our Public Protection officers, and run from 0-5, with a 5 rating meaning a very good level of food hygiene.

Food businesses in Wales are required by law to display their rating sticker following an inspection.

98 per cent of food businesses are rated 3 or better, so there are plenty of places with good standards and you can easily avoid taking your family to those not meeting the grade. Having the green and black sticker on display in the window and checking online for the rating will help you make a better informed choice.

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Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member Communities and Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “It’s easy for people in Wrexham to check hygiene ratings online and choose a restaurant for their Christmas parties that takes food hygiene seriously. This is an important time for local businesses. A good food hygiene rating is something to be proud of, and it matters to consumers”.

For more information, visit ratings.food.gov.uk

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