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Council defends poor food hygiene rating
WYCOMBE District Council has defended its ranking as the fifth worst performing local authority in monitoring food hygiene standards- as it said this was due to an admin error.
A Which? survey looked at 395 local authorities in the UK and, using the latest data they submit to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), ranked how they are performing on food safety enforcement.
WDC was ranked as the fifth worst at making sure businesses in south Bucks are complying with food hygiene rules.
The survey based the rankings on three criteria: the proportion of premises ranked as high or medium risk in a local authority that were broadly compliant with food hygiene requirements; the percentage of premises yet to receive a risk rating; and the proportion of inspections and other follow ups that were required but not carried out by local authority inspectors.
Spokesman for WDC, Catherine Spalton, said: "It is with regret that the data we submitted to the Food Standards Agency last year (2012/13) contained an error which recorded a lower number of rated properties with regard to risk. We anticipate that because the Which? report used these inaccurate figures, our overall rating score is lower which has unfortunately ranked us in the bottom ten.
"Since we identified this error, we have revised our figures and are now confident that we have actually rated about 80 per cent of establishments in the district for risk, rather than the 66.4 per cent that has been reported.
"We work closely with the Food Standards Agency and they are satisfied with our approach to the remaining 20 per cent which are deemed to present a low food safety risk. We are obviously disappointed to be within the Which? report's lowest ten, but would hope that our revised figure would significantly increase our ranking."
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