Jon Averns, the City of London Corporation's director of port health and public protection, has welcomed the launch of a new London-wide Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
Following inspections by local council food safety officers, the hygiene standards are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good').
The rating shows how good the hygiene standards are at places where people can eat or buy food, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways and supermarkets.
The City of London launched the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in April this year.
The national scheme has been introduced by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the aim of reducing the one million cases of food poisoning suffered by people in the UK each year.
The distinctive bright green and black FHRS stickers showing the hygiene rating are now appearing in the windows of food outlets in the Cityof London, and right across the capital.
Source: City of London Corporation