Some 13 percent of food businesses in the Carrick area fall below the standards expected by food law.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, operated by Carrickfergus Borough Council, rates food businesses on a scale of zero to five, with zero meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’ and the top rating of five representing a ‘very good’ standard of food hygiene.
While 87 percent of food businesses in the borough scored three or above, those businesses with a rating of zero, one or two have hygiene standards below that expected by food law.
Consumers in Carrickfergus can look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers which should be displayed on windows and doors to find out the rating of any food business in the area.
If there is no sign of a sticker, consumers can ask inside or check online at food.gov.uk/ratings to make sure the business doesn’t have a low rating.
Owen Fulton, Lead Environmental Health Officer at Carrick Council said: “The scheme is a fantastic tool for all consumers to find out the hygiene standards of the food businesses in the area. Most people would like to think that the kitchens and food preparation areas in the places they buy food from are clean and hygienic.
“The stickers make it easy for everyone to check a rating and if it is below three you should consider switching your choice rather than eat somewhere with a low hygiene rating. Our aim is to drive up standards so that all food businesses in the area have a rating of three or above.”