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Around 20 Percent Take-Out Foods Are Unhygienic

by Medindia Content Team on July 14, 2006 at 9:48 AM
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Around 20 Percent Take-Out Foods Are Unhygienic

The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that one in five take-out meals are unhealthy and unhygienic. This is bad news for over 1.3 million Britons who thrive on take-out meals.

The government watchdog expressed concern since many fast-food restaurants were found to have staff who did not wash hands properly before packing the food. Also infestations of mice, rats, and cockroaches were reported from some places.

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Consumer and public health groups say the government could impose a rating system on restaurants to improve standards. Such a system has worked wonders in Toronto where a red, amber, green sign is hung on the windows of the eating-places.

In Denmark, consumers are informed of the rating by a Smiley face scheme, which uses four faces from happy to sad to rate the eateries.

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