When we eat out at a restaurant, or from a takeaway, we expect a certain standard of food hygiene practices to be maintained. In the majority of cases there is no issue, but a series of inspections show that a large number of establishments do not meet the accepted standard.
This infographic from Cleaning Services Group in the United Kingdom outlines which food chains recorded the best and worst results for food hygiene following nationwide inspections and also outlines the UK’s food hygiene rating system. In the UK, a scale from 0 to 5 is used to grade restaurants, with 0 being the lowest and 5 the highest. Any restaurant which scores 2 or under fails the inspection and requires a lot of work to bring it up to standard. Otherwise, the establishment will be closed by the authorities.
While some of the data on the infographic may be UK-focused, there are also sections which apply on a universal level. For instance, it lists common food safety infractions such as cross contamination, improper hand-washing procedures and a failure to maintain proper temperatures.These seem like basic practices for a restaurant employee to carry out, and a manager to maintain, but these violations occur time and again.
The infographic below certainly made us stop and think about the hygiene practices in restaurants that we visit. We’re not trying to scaremonger, though; we just expect an adequate standard to be maintained.