Dozens of Dorset food businesses don't meet hygiene standards

Dozens of Dorset food businesses don't meet hygiene standards

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:19am 20th September 2019. (Updated at 11:23am 20th September 2019)

80 businesses that handle food in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland are failing to meet hygiene standards.

New figures show how many Dorset restaurants, shops and takeaways have been given a food rating of 2 or lower, which means that improvements are needed.

Food manufacturers and distributors are also included.

Food Hygiene Rating

New data shows 80 (3% ) out of 2,633 businesses in Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset had a hygiene rating of two or below as of 2018-19.

Of all the businesses that did face an inspection or other form of assessment in 2018-19, four were subject to some kind of formal action from the council or courts in Weymouth and Portland and three in West Dorset.

One business in the Weymouth and Portland area had food seized because it wasn't fit for consumption.

More than 140 written warnings were also issued.

people sat in restaurant

Maria Jennings, director of regulatory compliance of the Food Standards Agency, said:

"Local authorities are there to ensure that food businesses produce food that is safe and what it says it is.

"One of the FSA's roles is to have oversight and assurance about their performance.

"It is good to see an increase in the total percentage of planned hygiene interventions that local authorities are carrying out and an increase in premises with standards equivalent to a food hygiene rating of three, four and five."