FOOD lovers have been urged to check the food hygiene ratings of restaurants and cafes before visiting them.
North West Leicestershire County Council has made the plea ahead of Mothers Day on March 10.
The food hygiene ratings scheme rates places which sell food on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by the authority.
The ratings are then published online for customers to see.
Councillor Alison Smith, deputy leader of the North West Leicestershire District Council and portfolio holder for community services said: “When dining out we may choose to go somewhere we think the food will be appetizing, the surroundings pleasant and the atmosphere enjoyable.
“However, as customers, we don’t get to see the standard of hygiene observed in food preparation and other areas.
“We would suggest, as a precautionary measure, customers take time to check the food hygiene rating just before making their booking.”
For more information visit to www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/food_hygiene_rating_scheme