“There’s nothing romantic about food poisoning”, says Slough as it urges residents to check where they eat this Valentines Day

Slough Borough Council has told residents today to “look before you book” before that all important Valentine’s date this year.

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Slough Council has today posted a suggestion to residents to “look before you book” for the most romantic day of the year, and consult the Government’s Food Hygiene Ratings website before choosing a restaurant next Tuesday.

It says:

“Planning the perfect Valentine’s date is stressful enough without having to worry about whether the place you choose is hygienic or not.

The truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy their staff look or by how romantic the ambience is, but at least the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme can take one worry off your mind”.

87 per cent of businesses in Slough currently have a rating of three or above.

Colnbrook’s food hygiene ratings can be found here.  The Ostrich has joined the exalted league of venues scoring ‘5’ since our last published feature last month.

Earlier today the Council also reported that it had closed down Perfect Pizza on Slough High Street with immediate effect due to an active infestation of mice.  

The pizzeria was served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice last Thursday due to “an imminent risk to public health”.   The council’s food and safety team attended a hearing at East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court, Slough, on Monday 6th February and successfully converted the notice to an order, which will force the store to remain closed until food and safety officers are satisfied people eating there are no longer at risk.

Councillor Paul Sohal, commissioner for regulation and consumer protection, said:

It’s always better to be safe than sorry and we want residents to go out and enjoy the most romantic day of the year safe in the knowledge they are dining somewhere hygienic

“All the information Valentine’s Day diners need to make an informed decision about where to eat is publicly available on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

“We’re reminding people of the importance of looking up a restaurant’s rating before they book; choosing businesses that make sure their premises are clean and don’t put residents at risk.”

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