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Food hygiene standards are extremely useful, both for the restaurantcafcatering business owners and the consumers. These standards inform the business owner about the key laws that they are expected and required to follow. If a restaurant receives good ratings then it would automatically be able to attract more customers because they would know that eating out in the restaurant is safe as it maintains proper hygiene. By selling food which is safe to eat you will not only be able to protect your business from being penalized by the law or worse still, being shut down, but it would also help you retain your customers and attract new ones. Thus, it makes sense to hire kitchen deep cleaning services and follow other practices to maintain good hygiene standards in the restaurant.

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Chinese restaurants in particular have been receiving a lot of flak lately in regards to the food hygiene standards maintained by them. 'Yo Yo in Beijing', which is a Chinese buffet restaurant in Lincoln city centre had received a one star rating after they were inspected by Food Standards Agency a few months ago. As far as ratings are concerned, one star means that they need to incorporate major improvements while receiving two stars means that a few improvements should be made. In the past, Yo Yo in Beijing had received as much as a four star rating, thus it is quite sad to see that its ratings have plummeted so drastically!

Yo Yo in Beijing is not the only Chinese restaurant in Lincoln region to receive a low rating, there are plenty of other Chinese restaurants who have been rated extremely low by Food Standards Agency. The primary reason for this is the ignorance of restaurant owners or managers when it comes to food hygiene standards. Neither are they aware of what the law says when it comes to hygiene in the restaurant premises and nor do they practice good food hygiene. For such Chinese restaurant owners, maintaining up-to-date documents and records pertaining to their procedures is a must. These procedures must also be reviewed from time to time.

Chinese restaurants mostly handle raw food and read-to-eat foods, therefore it is necessary for them to practice a few extra procedures in order to control the harmful bacteria that usually thrive on these foods when proper hygiene standards are not maintained. In order to pass the Food Hygiene inspection and obtain good ratings, your best bet would be to put in place the 'food safety management procedures' that are based on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point or HACCP. One of the best ways of managing food safety in restaurants, HACCP is based on having procedures in place for controlling hazards.

It requires restaurant owners to take a close look at what they are doing and to identify the critical control points wherein hazards are most likely to happen. After that, the restaurant owners should take preventive measures to control these hazards and keep them at a minimum while ensuring that all procedures are in working order and that they are maintaining appropriate records.