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Love is... a five-star hygiene rated restaurant on Valentine's Day

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01 February 2017

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Avoid a dining disaster this Valentine's Day and ensure a special experience for your loved one in Enfield's finest restaurants by first checking the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) hygiene rating tools.

  • Diners urged to check the hygiene rating of local restaurants for Valentine's Day
  • Valentine's campaign coincides with Enfield's clampdown on unhygienic premises
  • Consumer awareness of Food Hygiene Rating on the rise

Avoid a dining disaster this Valentine's Day and ensure a special experience for your loved one in Enfield's finest restaurants by first checking the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) hygiene rating tools.

The FSA's Valentine's Day campaign, urging couples seeking romance to "look before you book" by using the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme as a tool to help decide on that perfect place to eat, is strongly backed by Enfield Council.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson said, "Valentine's Day is always a busy time for our local restaurants, cafes and pubs. With the majority of food businesses in the Enfield area rated three or above, we encourage local residents to use the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to help decide where to eat. The app is easy to use and if you simply look before you book, you can ensure you have a great night out.

"There is nothing romantic about food poisoning, so make sure you find a pleasant, hygienic environment for your special meal."

This advice is part of Enfield Council's major campaign to improve hygiene standards in the Borough's restaurants, building on the successful work done in previous years. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a partnership between local authorities and the FSA, helping consumers arm themselves with information on the hygiene standards of the places they choose to eat out at.

All restaurants and cafes in Enfield are inspected by the Council's Environmental Health officers, who use the FSA's National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to give each premises a rating. There are six ratings, from zero to five; zero meaning 'urgent improvement is needed’ and five, which is an award for 'very good' hygiene standards.

Ratings can be checked at Food Standards Agency. The FSA has noted that recognition of the scheme is on a steady increase in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

So, when planning that romantic evening for Valentine's Day - or indeed booking on any other occasion - look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors. Better still, download the free app from the FSA's website which will enable you to check premises' ratings quickly and easily.