Burglar of Jess Phillips MP
True & Honest Fan
- Jun 13, 2016
So the Rural Pillockshire Council does the "Rate My place" scheme where fast food, restaurants and other outlets let council health inspectors come in voluntarily and check stuff over, getting an idea of how well they keep, clean and handle food.
Pretty much everyone I go to is a solid 5, including a delightful 'greasy spoon sammich' shop where bread crumbs are usually everywhere (they cut the bread themselves) and there's usually a thin film of grease on every surface and everyone. So it gives you an idea of the rough standards.
But there's one place that looks clean but has a 3. On the surface everything looks clean, looks like it's been dealt with properly.
But you just wonder what they're doing.....
The food hygiene ratings are based as much on paper-pushing as they are on cleaning things. It doesn't matter whether things are gone off or not so long as the box is ticked accordingly.
Here is the criteria used by one council in the South West.
You can be reduced to 1/5 for not having the right paperwork because that will give you 20 black marks and the threshold for 1/5 is either 45+ or at least one category with 20+, even if everything else is spotless and perfect. And "does it smell like the Devil's armpit when you lever open the box" is not a valid system.