Search

Bexley Council dispute claims that borough is country’s worst for food hygiene

PUBLISHED: 14:51 14 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:51 14 January 2014

Bexley Council says it is “disgusted” by figures suggesting the borough has the worst levels of food hygiene in the country.

A Which? study of more than 2,000 postcodes revealed huge variations in the quality of food hygiene ratings across the UK this week – with six of the 10 worst postcodes falling within the borough.

The worst in the country was found to be DA7, with nearly half the eateries inspected rating lower than “generally satisfactory”.

However, the council says the figures released by Which? are inaccurate and out-of-date and they had actually seen improvement in the area of food hygiene.

A council spokesman said: “This illustrates the hard work we carry out with local businesses to ensure they comply with food safety legislation, which includes training sessions, business advice and guidance.

“When the Food Safety Hygiene rating scheme started in Bexley in April 2012 we took the decision to focus our resources on rating higher risk food premises, such as takeaways and fast food premises to protect residents.

“The latest figures are showing an improvement in overall ratings as we bring more premises into the scheme.

“We take our food safety role extremely seriously, but would state that it is ultimately the businesses themselves who are responsible for complying with food safety law.”

A Which? spokesman said: “We based our food hygiene rankings on the most recent official data that local authorities provide to the Food Standards Agency on how they are fulfilling their enforcement responsibilities. We have compared local authorities fairly, based on their own submissions.”

To check food hygiene ratings in your area, visit ratings.food.gov.uk.

0 comments

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kent head coach Matt Walker was disappointed to see his side outplayed by County Championship Division Two title rivals Warwickshire on day one of their match at Edgbaston.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A man from Bexley who was in a band in the 1960s last month had his dream come true when his former band members reunited to play at a charity dance.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Warwickshire took huge strides towards the Specsavers County Championship Division Two title by totally dominating the opening day against rivals Kent at Edgbaston.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Officers are appealing for information following an assault in Albany Park station.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The most popular names given to baby boys and girls last year in East London suggests that where you live could influence what name you choose for your child.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bexleyheath based big cat keeper and author, Martin Hill, has released another picture book about the relationship between three young big cats.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kent travel to Birmingham for their Specsavers County Championship Division Two title showdown with Warwickshire starting on Monday.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24