Food businesses go from zeros to heroes

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Food Hygiene Inspectors have started the first round of revisits to those food businesses rated zero in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Since the ratings were first published in April this year businesses have had time to improve their standards and inspectors have received a pleasant surprise.

Food hygiene ratings logoOf those visited so far, all have shown some improvement but special mention must go to the Perfect Choice take-away in Loughton, where the business has gone from a score of zero, requiring urgent work, to 5, displaying the highest standards.

The business has trained all its staff in food hygiene and thorough cleaning has been undertaken. They have introduced procedures to protect the food from contamination and are operating at a very good standard of hygiene and safety.

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “We are very pleased to see that businesses have taken the rating scheme seriously and congratulate those who have made great efforts to improve. This is an excellent start but we will continue to work with those who still need to make improvements.”

The Food Standards Agency are encouraging the public to ‘Look before they book’ when organising Christmas meals. Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, adds: “No-one wants to gamble with their health when eating out, particularly when celebrating a special festive meal. Local authorities, including Epping Forest District Council, have worked with the FSA to roll-out the scheme successfully, which helps people choose where to eat. We now have an app for your smart phone which makes it even easier for people to check hygiene ratings before deciding which place to visit.”

Food Hygiene ratings can be found on the website www.food.gov.uk/ratings or the new, free FSA app can be downloaded from Google Play (food.gov.uk/app-android) or iTunes (food.gov.uk/app-itunes).

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