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North Devon food outlets top food hygiene ratings investigation

May 23, 2013 11:37 AM

A new Which? investigation has placed two North Devon postcodes in the top ten areas in the UK with the best food hygiene ratings.

Food outlets in Barnstaple and Braunton received an average score of 4.9 out of 5. Only 1% of those surveyed in these areas scored below a 'generally satisfactory' level. The worst postcode inspected was Bexley in London, which recorded an average score of 2.62.

Research conducted as part of the investigation revealed that in the last two years as many as 17 million people said that they had got food poisoning as a result of eating out or takeaway food.

Commenting, Nick Harvey said:

"This is excellent news for local food outlets in North Devon. With the summer fast approaching and tourists flocking to our towns, both residents and visitors to our towns will be able to eat out with confidence.

"Food hygiene is very important, not only in places that serve food to the public but also in the home. It is great to hear that North Devon is outperforming many other areas of the country in maintaining excellent food standards."

Notes to Editors

1) Visit the Food Standards Agency website to search for food hygiene ratings in your area http://ratings.food.gov.uk/