Over fifty local food businesses have been awarded with a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 - the highest level possible.
Inspections throughout March by Waveney District Council's Food and Safety Team resulted in 57 businesses receiving a 5 rating. Under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), a rating of '5/very good' shows that a business is dedicated to hygiene and has a excellent approach to food safety.
During an inspection, each food business is checked for the following:
At the end of the inspection, Waveney's food safety officers give the business a rating between 0-5. The top rating of '5' means that the business was found to have 'very good' hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.
The following 57 food premises received a '5 / very good' rating in March:
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) helps customers make an informed choice about where to eat by highlighting restaurants, pubs and cafes with excellent food hygiene. Food businesses can display their black and green FHRS sticker advertising their current food safety rating, which gives customers an immediate insight into the kitchen and shows how seriously the business takes food hygiene.
Customers are encouraged to check food hygiene ratings when choosing where to eat by looking for the FHRS sticker before ordering food. The ratings of over 440,000 food businesses can also be checked online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk.
The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and applies to restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops.
Food safety and hygiene training
To help businesses ensure that employees are trained, Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils jointly run a nationally recognised one-day training course - the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering. This qualification replaces the former Foundation and Basic courses.
This course is intended for anyone working in a catering or hospitality setting where food is prepared, cooked and served. Typical environments may include pubs, hotels, restaurants, contract catering, fast-food outlets, hospitals, care and nursing homes, schools, prisons and the armed forces.
The next dates for the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course in Waveney are 24 May and 16 June, both located in Lowestoft. Courses are also available in Woodbridge on 4 May.