Dining out advice issued ahead of Christmas period

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr John Scott is joined by Colin Kelly, Environmental Health Manager and Kerry Gribbin, Environmental Health Officer to promote the new food hygiene rating legislation. INNT 50-809CON
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr John Scott is joined by Colin Kelly, Environmental Health Manager and Kerry Gribbin, Environmental Health Officer to promote the new food hygiene rating legislation. INNT 50-809CON

Around 90 per cent of food businesses in the borough should now be displaying their food hygiene rating sticker after the Food Hygiene Rating Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 came into effect in October.

This follows a co-ordinated effort by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Officers to visit food businesses in the borough to ensure they are displaying their green and black food hygiene rating sticker, somewhere easy to spot from the outside of their premises. Council will continue to work with the remaining businesses in the coming weeks to ensure that all eligible businesses are compliant with the requirements.

During the festive period, it is estimated that 323,074 Christmas meals will be eaten out in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

The council is now urging people to make the most of the new information available by checking that a restaurant scores a minimum rating of three before they book a festive meal out.