The seminar was used to recognise all those Rushmoor’s food businesses who had received a 4 or 5 rating following food hygiene inspections by the council’s environmental health officers. The ratings range from 0 for food businesses that “require urgent improvement” to a 5 rating for “very good”.
Those food businesses who scored highly were congratulated by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Diane Bedford, who said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to recognise the high standard of food safety in Rushmoor demonstrated by these local businesses. Our residents are increasingly taking the opportunity to find out how our local businesses look after the food we eat.
Mark Sullivan, owner of Big Fry Fish and Chips in Lynchford Road, Farnborough was also at the seminar. He added: “A 5 food hygiene rating is the minimum requirement that my managers and staff expect. We have the systems in place to maintain that rating and we hope that this gives our customers the confidence that they are eating from a company that takes all aspects of running a food business seriously.
“The rating can also be used as a good advertising tool and more importantly our customers can clearly see our rating on the front door as they walk in.
“We believe that customers should use the food hygiene rating system and check out where they are eating to make sure that the business takes a responsible attitude to food safety.”
As well as picking up their coveted rating window stickers, those at the seminar on Thursday 27 November also heard about new food safety law regarding the requirement for food businesses to inform customers about the allergens present in food.
From 13 December, there will be new labelling requirements for businesses for allergens contained in pre-packaged food. Takeaways and restaurants will have to either provide allergen information up front, for example on menus, or signpost customers to where the information can be found.
The food hygiene ratings of food businesses in Rushmoor can be found at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/foodrating