Monday, 4 November 2013

National Food Standards Scheme Digested

A scheme aimed at improving food safety standards in restaurants and food outlets has been launched in South Cambridgeshire.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has moved over to the Food Standard’s Agency scheme after its previous award winning Scores on the Doors system had already seen improvements in hygiene standards in food outlets across the district.

The move will mean food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs will now be part of a single nationwide scheme and consumers will be able to recognise and compare ratings from South Cambridgeshire to South Tyneside.

New green and black certificates and stickers to replace the previous Scores on the Doors scheme are now being delivered to businesses across the area who are being encouraged to display them at the entrance to their premises.

Food outlets are inspected by Council food safety officers to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero, meaning urgent improvement necessary, to a top rating of five for very good.

Residents are being reminded they can also go online to see how their favourite eatery is rated by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/content/food-hygiene-inspections-ratings

Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Our previous award winning Scores on the Doors scheme was a real success but by moving over to the national scheme our residents will more easily be able to compare food outlets that are further afield. Improving food standards is good for everyone and I’m sure this system will help motivate more businesses.”