557 food venues told to improve standards- including East Riding Council's own Beverley's County Hall
HUNDREDS of pubs, cafés, restaurants and takeaways have been told to improve food hygiene standards.
Ratings reveal 372 businesses in Hull and 185 in the East Riding need to make improvements.
Hull's figures include 53 zero- rated premises needing "urgent" attention and 173 requiring "major" improvement.
The East Riding has 18 zero-rated premises and 75 needing major improvement.
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East Riding Council's own catering unit at Beverley's County Hall was told to improve after receiving a rating of two.
The national scheme, operated by councils, rates food hygiene from zero for "urgent improvement" to a top-rated five for "very good".
Councillor John Hewitt, of Hull City Council, said: "In these difficult economic times, people are trying to cut back on all sorts of things to survive and sometimes they might fall foul of the rules.
"Of course, it's worrying when we're getting zero ratings but we are endeavouring to try to stop this happening.
"It's a constant battle. We are not there to get businesses to fall foul of the ratings, we are there to get them to improve their businesses."
About 21 per cent of 1,735 businesses inspected in Hull were found to have less than satisfactory food hygiene.
This compares with 12 per cent of the 1,593 inspected in the East Riding.
East Riding Council's head of public protection Paul Bellotti said: "The scheme helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways and hotels."
East Riding Council's food services team works with businesses given a hygiene rating of zero, one or two until they reach a satisfactory safe standard of operation.
Darren Stevens, head of culture and information at the council, said the council's own catering unit was inspected earlier this year.
He said: "The inspector could not fault the service on management or service delivery but highlighted a number of infrastructure issues that required improvement."
He said the unit is due for another inspection and the council is confident its rating will be increased.
He said: "The council's catering service operates at a number of venues around the East Riding, such as at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, The Spa Bridlington and Goole Leisure Centre, all of which operate at a five rating, the highest standard of compliance under the food hygiene rating scheme."
In Hull, council venues told to improve food hygiene include The Hull Arena, rated one, and Hull City Hall, rated two.
Trevor Todd, Hull City Council's assistant head of service for public protection, said: "Last year, we completed 1,009 inspections and moved over to the national food hygiene rating scheme on February 7.
"Our environmental health team adheres to the food law code of practice and is strict with unannounced visits in order to enforce legislation in our bid to protect the public's health.
"It is in the best interests of our 1,735 establishments in the scheme to achieve a high score as this may determine whether people visit."
He said about 80 per cent were in the top three categories.
Several businesses previously rated "zero" for food hygiene, have improved to a "good" rating of four, including the Chinese Lantern in Cliff Road, Hornsea, and Allan's Nosh Bar, in Queen Street, Bridlington.
Across Hull, 635 businesses have the top hygiene rating of five, including Raj Pavilion in Beverley Road and Linnet And Lark in Princes Avenue.
The East Riding's 675 top- rated venues include Whites Restaurant in Beverley and the Pipe & Glass in South Dalton.