Any items of business that the Chairman may decide are urgent.
The Chairman drew the Committee’s attention to a recent article in the Evening Standard pertaining to the “filthiest” restaurants and boroughs in London with regards to hygiene ratings posted on the doors and asked officers for an update.
The Director of Port Health and Public Protection advised that the City had been omitted from the article, noting that 75% of restaurants within the City have a 5-star rating for hygiene, and only 4% have 2-stars or less. A statement has been sent to the Evening Standard from the City of London Corporation.
The Director of Port Health and Public Protection advised that the City of London Corporation supports the Food Standards Agency in making it mandatory for restaurants to display hygiene ratings. This issue will be addressed further once more lobbying has been carried out.