The Foods Standards Agency (FSA), in conjunction with local councils, have started a scheme where they check the hygiene standards of anywhere that serves food, and then gives that eatery a hygiene rating standard. They provide a sticker or certificate, which has to be displayed prominently on the doors or windows of the eatery in question.
This is a brilliant idea, as although it is in no way any reflection on the quality or variety of food served, if you know an eatery has got a good hygiene rating, you will know you are fairly safe to eat there and will probably not have to use our Mid Suffolk law firm to make a food poisoning claim.
The ratings of the scheme
Ratings are given from 0 to 5, and as a guide their meanings are as follows:
- 0 – Urgent improvement necessary
- 1 – Major improvement necessary
- 2 – Improvement necessary
- 3 – Generally satisfactory
- 4 – Good
- 5 – Very good
If asked about their rating, the eatery should be prepared to discuss why it was so high or low. They can request a new inspection once they had made the required improvements, and get the rating increased.
How the scheme will help
Although most of us would walk away from a café or restaurant that was obviously dirty, the standards of hygiene are not always visible to the customer. Kitchens are usually behind closed doors, but the FSA has access to all areas of the premises. Also included in the scheme are supermarkets and any other food shops.
How a Mid Suffolk law firm can help you claim compensation
If you have eaten out, or bought food from a shop or supermarket that has given you food poisoning, you could be entitled to compensation, and a Mid Suffolk law firm or Accident Advice Helpline can help you with your claim. We have helped many thousands of victims get the compensation they were entitled to and among those have been numerous food poisoning claims.
After being established over 14 years ago we have built a wealth of knowledge and expertise that enables us to deal with all types of injuries and illnesses from all types of accidents and negligence that were not the fault of the victim.
We will not request any money from you to start you claim or if your claim is lost as we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This gives everyone the option of making a claim, no matter how bad or good their financial state may be.
On our website there is a 30-second test which lets you know if you qualify to make a claim, and of you do gives you an estimate of the amount you can expect to be awarded.
We also have a dedicated freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone where you will find friendly and helpful advisers who are able to answer any questions you may have about making a personal injury compensation claim.