If you’re planning that special Valentine’s date, Derby City Council’s Food and Safety Team would like to remind you to ‘look before you book.’

Planning the perfect Valentine’s date is stressful enough. There’s plenty to worry about, the last thing you want on your mind before that special date is whether the place you choose is hygienic or not. There’s nothing romantic about food poisoning.

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.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by local authority food safety officers. Businesses are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’.

So, whether you’re reserving a table at that romantic hotspot, the cosy little café, or planning on ordering a takeaway on your way home for a romantic meal, make sure you choose one of the 96% of businesses in Derby City Council’s area with a rating of 3 or above.It’s really easy to check. Just go online to the Food Standard Agency’s website, or if you’re out and about check for the green and black sticker; if you can’t see one just ask the business.