ALMOST one quarter of the 512 Wigan establishments that have undergone hygiene inspections in 2015 received the highest possible scores.
Businesses are rated on a scale of zero to five on how hygienically the food is handled; how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored the condition of the structure of the buildings; the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities as well as how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
A total of 123 got a score of five (very good), 132 received a four (good), 89 received three (generally satisfactory), 56 were scored two (improvement necessary), 106 were marked at one (major improvement necessary) and just seven were handed a zero (urgent improvement necessary).
The information provided on businesses is held on behalf of local authorities participating in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Northern Ireland and Wales or the Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland.
The inspections have been ongoing throughout the year and the ratings are aimed to reassure customers of the venue they are purchasing food products from.
One thing that establishments are marked on is food hygiene and safety, which looks at factors such as food handling practices and procedures and temperature control.
Another thing looked at is structural compliance, which refers to things such as cleanliness, layout, condition of structure, lighting, ventilation and facilities.
Businesses are also marked on confidence in management, which is graded on the performance of those in charge and issues such as how well understood by the workforce as well as things such as the track record of the company and complaint history.
Wigan Council says it has worked hard with those that has received low scores to improve their hygiene.
Julie Searing, group manager for business compliance and improvement at Wigan Council, said: “We have over 2000 businesses published on the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and the majority, 89 per cent are meeting the required hygiene standards, which is excellent news.
“The latest ratings demonstrate that our latest strategy – to target those with the lowest ratings – is working.
“We will continue to monitor businesses closely with the aim of improving standards. Businesses that need advice on how to improve their rating can find more information at www.wigan.gov.uk.
“Residents that they can look before they book by visiting www.food.gov.uk/ratings - here they can see the ratings awarded to each business.”
A full list of results will be published on www.wigantoday.net throughout the day.