More than 30 food businesses across east Suffolk have been awarded with a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 - the highest level possible.
Inspections in April by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council's Food and Safety Team saw a total of 34 local businesses receive Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) ratings of '5/very good', highlighting their dedication to hygiene and excellent approach to food safety:
Angel Inn Coffee House - Walton
Bealings School - Little Bealings
Brinkley's Fish Shed - Orford
COOK - Woodbridge
Felixstowe Community Hospital - Felixstowe
Felixstowe Nursery School Ltd - Felixstowe
Five Acre Barn - Aldringham Cum Thorpe
Jabulela - Felixstowe
Maharishi Education Centre Ltd - Rendlesham
Mr Bees Brewery - Trimley St Martin
The Oyster Inn - Butley
Purely Pesto Ltd - Leiston
The Turtle And The Bear Sandwich Shop - Felixstowe
The Blue Boar - Oulton
The Boulevard Centre - Lowestoft
Broadlands Sands Holiday Camp - Corton
The Cod House - Beccles
Coffee Rush - Lowestoft
Corton Coastal Village - Corton
Graze At The White Horse - Beccles
Halesworth Day Nursery - Halesworth
Hatfield Hotel - Lowestoft
The Hotel Victoria - Lowestoft
International Seafood - Lowestoft
Michaels - Lowestoft
Misfit Food Outlet - Lowestoft
Pinkys - Lowestoft
R & D Newsagents - Lowestoft
Relish Ltd - Beccles
The Remember Me Club At Lowestoft Deaf Centre - Lowestoft
Tesco - Beccles
The Spring Tide - Lowestoft
White House Caravan Club - Kessingland
During an inspection, each food business is checked for the following:
At the end of the inspection, the Council'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 Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) helps customers make an informed choice about where to eat by highlighting restaurants, pubs and cafés 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.
Food safety and hygiene training
To help businesses ensure that employees are appropriately trained, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils jointly run a nationally recognised training course, the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.
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 course are 14 July in Lowestoft and 15 August in Melton. Book your place online and receive a 10% discount.