South Kesteven is one of the UK's top areas for food hygiene

South Kesteven District Council is in the top five best areas of the UK for food hygiene standards.

A new league table put together by consumer magazine Which? covers the whole of the UK and places South Kesteven 5th out of 389 local authority areas.

In 2016/17, 95.5% of South Kesteven's highest risk premises were judged "broadly compliant" by council environmental health officers, achieving a food hygiene rating of 3, 4 or the maximum of 5.

Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, SKDC's Cabinet Member for Environment said: "This is welcome news for people consuming food in South Kesteven. What it means is that a massive proportion of our businesses are compliant with the law.

"This data shows that we are keeping up to date with our food inspections, and that we are visiting business at the intervals we should be.

"We have over 1,300 food businesses on our books and ultimately the hard work of our inspection teams makes this a safer place for our residents and visitors."

All food businesses are regularly inspected to check that they meet hygiene requirements.

SKDC has two environmental health officers, two food health and safety officers who visit premises, and a technical support officer.

The Food Standards Agency co-ordinates enforcement across the country and collates figures from each local authority.

Other districts in the top five were Erewash, Basingstoke/Deane, Sunderland and North Dorset.

The lowest ranked local authorities were Birmingham, Hyndburn, Camden, Croydon and the Isles of Scilly.

For more information and methodology, see https://consumerinsight.which.co.uk/maps/hygiene

For media enquiries: Email the SKDC communications team at pr@southkesteven.gov.uk or phone 01476 406498 or 406440. 

Food Health & Safety Officer Claire Watson