Inspectors tell food venues they must improve.
More than 40 Wyre food venues have been told they must improve after inspectors gave them a low hygiene rating.
Wyre Council inspectors have told 42 businesses to make improvements or face action after they were given two stars or less in rankings highlighted by the Food Standards Agency.
Full hygiene ratings for Wyre:
Owners at the The Eating Plaice on Lord Street, Fleetwood, were the only ones to be given the lowest score possible, zero stars, and when the Gazette contacted the business it did not wish to comment.
Exactly 21 businesses were given a one star rating, including Cumin Ltd, in Knott End-On-Sea.
A further 20 were given a two star rating meaning they must improve or they may face action from the council.
But 534 businesses out of 816 were given full marks meaning the hygiene in their business was very good.
Some of the top scorers included Granada Fish Bar, in Fleetwood, and The Castle Gardens in Poulton.
The scores are a slight improvement on last year with 64 failing to make the grade in 2016.
A Wyre Council spokesman said: “Wyre Council works closely with food premises to help them improve food hygiene standards and give members of the public confidence in choosing where they can eat safely.
“Inspections are carried out at intervals of between six months and three years, and we encourage all businesses to strive for a rating of three or above.
“As of April this year, 534 premises out of a total of the 913 premises that are part of the food hygiene rating scheme across Wyre have achieved a food hygiene rating of five, which is a great achievement.”
The scores on the doors food hygiene system was established in 2011 and, in Wyre, council inspectors visit food premises and give a rating out of five.
Full hygiene ratings for Fylde:
Of 615 establishments inspected in Fylde, the majority – 378 – achieved a top score of five, while 151 were marked four.
Three stars went to 36, two stars to 27 and one star to 19, while three – Harvey’s Chicken and Pizza in Poulton Street, Kirkham, Westholme Care Home in Victoria Road, St Annes and Thorougoods shop in St Albans Road, St Annes – were marked zero.
Veli Kirk, proprietor of the Anatolia Turkish Restaurant in Park Road, St Annes, which achieved a five-star rating, said it was important to always aim for the very highest standards.
“I do it not so much for the rating as for my own reputation,” he said. “People are putting their health and even their lives in our hands when they come and eat with us so it is vital to make sure our hygiene is of the very highest standard.
“I am a great believer in everything being 100 per cent right and I am pleased to say we have scored five in all the time we have been open since 2010.
“I am also vice-chairman of the St Annes Enterprise Partnership and at out first food festival held last summer the same standards applied.
“It reflects so well on our town that so many eateries have scored top marks and it is important that we set the right standards.
“Customers take note of these scores more and more and although it is not compulsory yet to show them in our windows, I think it should be. I am certainly very proud to do so.”
A Fylde Council spokesman said: “Fylde Council operates the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency.
“It is important that consumers can make an informed choice about where they can dine or purchase food. The Council routinely checks food businesses at a frequency based on risk to ensure they meet hygiene standards and comply with the law.
“Officers will look at how hygienically food is prepared, the structural condition and the level of confidence in the business that standards will be maintained.
“The Council will help and support business as much as possible to improve their rating but will take appropriate action against persistent non-compliance. It is a Council priority to ensure that residents and visitors have confidence in businesses supplying food.”
These ratings are accurate as of April 3.