In this article from, it states that many councils are failing to enforce food hygiene standards according to a new study by consumer champion Which?

According to Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, ‘Our research reveals a shocking postcode lottery on food hygiene where in some places you may as well toss a coin before deciding which restaurant to trust with your health. Consumers expect local authorities to check that food businesses in their area comply with hygiene standards and rigorously enforce the rules.  Local authorities should do more to make the best use of limited resources, respond effectively to risks across the food supply chain and ensure consumers are adequately protected wherever they live.’

Which have produced an interactive map displaying data from the food hygiene enforcement activity for each Local Authority in the UK, reflecting the percentage of high to medium risk food establishments (i.e. A,B,C) compliant with hygiene law; the proportion of rated food premises in the area and the percentage of planned interventions that were carried out.

The specific figures relating to Dartford show:

  • The overall food hygiene enforcement rank is 220th out 398
  • The proportion of A, B and C rated premises broadly compliant is 84.4%
  • The proportion of food premises rated for risk is 94.5%
  • The proportion of planned interventions carried out is 92.9%

More information regarding the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, and how to check out the ratings of food businesses in the Borough of Dartford, can be found at

About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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