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When dining out this Christmas, follow the stars.

DINERS are being urged to check the standards of their local restaurants.

With Christmas fast approaching and parties and meals out being planned, Durham County Council wants people to make the most of its food hygiene scheme.

Before booking a table, residents can go online and check the star rating of restaurants across the county. The council's Food Safety Team carries out regular, risk-based inspections of all food premises rating them from 0-5, 5 meaning a business has very good hygiene standards.

Food safety manager Christine Ditchburn said: "When dining out this festive season, it's a good idea to not only look at the menu, but to also check the food hygiene rating.

"You can check the ratings online, and businesses also receive a certificate and sticker, which they are encouraged to display at the entrance to their premises."

Food hygiene ratings are available for everyone to see at For more information about the inspections, visit and search the term food hygiene.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2012
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