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Food hygiene in Birmingham – April 2016

Posted on 5th April 2016 by Su Balu

We regularly talk about food hygiene— quite simply because it is so important. The food we eat needs to be safe; if it isn’t people can suffer food poisoning, get sick and, in rare cases, even die.

Unfortunately we only felt able to put a score of 2 as the heading of this blogpost — Birmingham is definitely in need of improvement!

5,963 registered food businesses in Birmingham have received a food hygiene inspection. 860 (14%) of these did not demonstrate acceptable food hygiene standards at their last inspection – they were given a ‘non-compliant’ Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) score – 2 or less. This is cause for concern, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) report that nationally, just 7% of food businesses receive ‘non-compliant’ scores.

Birmingham doesn’t fare all that well against other ‘core cities’ either:

FHRS scores core cities

Food hygiene is particularly important in schools, nurseries and care homes, due to the more vulnerable nature of those eating there. Non-compliance across these sectors in Birmingham stands at 2% compared to 1% nationally.

So is there any good news? Well we’re really pleased that a number of the schools, nurseries and care homes we’ve contacted recently, because of their non-compliant FHRS scores, have been reassessed, with some now demonstrating the very highest food hygiene standards.

So a huge thank you and well done to:

And a plea to many others to raise their game. They know who they are, you can find out too by checking the scores on the doors website – make sure you do before eating out or selecting a school, nursery or care home for a loved one . . .




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