New hygiene rating for Cornwall food outlets
Premises serving food in Cornwall are to be rated with a new sticker system.
Cornwall Council has announced it will issue stickers displaying a figure from zero to five, representing premises' hygiene standards.
A five will be awarded where hygiene standards are very good and zero where improvements are required. The stickers will be displayed in windows.
The system is part of the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
Restaurants, takeaways and hotels will be inspected by food safety officers as part of routine inspections.
Their hygiene standards are then rated depending on how food is handled, prepared and stored as well as the condition of the buildings.
Businesses will have the right to appeal a rating and can request a visit three months later if they were required to undertake works which, when completed, could improve their rating.
Lance Kennedy, from Cornwall Council, said: "By introducing the scheme, an incentive is given to businesses to reach the highest standards and then tell their customers about their achievement.
"In these difficult trading conditions tourists and residents demand the highest standards."
The ratings will also be published on the Food Standard Agency's website.