REVIEW OF THE YEAR: Council presents 5 stars awards to 16 outlets

PUBLISHED: 10:57 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

Mike Gleadows of FDC led Scores on the Doors initiative

Mike Gleadows of FDC led Scores on the Doors initiative

THE Fenland District Council Scores on the Doors Scheme in July to help local food outlets across the district improve food hygiene standards, culminated in the first 16 companies to achieve a Five Star rating being presented with their awards in the Coun

THE Fenland District Council Scores on the Doors Scheme in July to help local food outlets across the district improve food hygiene standards, culminated in the first 16 companies to achieve a Five Star rating being presented with their awards in the Council Chamber at Fenland Hall.

Fenland environmental health officers had been working in partnership with food outlet premises to help them raise food hygiene standards and the first 16 businesses to achieve the highest star rating were able to proudly display their certificate in their business for customers to see.

By July, 280 premises were covered by the Scores on the Doors Award Scheme, as part of this on-going campaign. The star rating system ranges from zero stars for poor premises to five stars for excellence. Three stars meant the premises were adjudged to be good and four stars was very good. Two stars meant the premises were broadly compliant with food safety requirements. Premises with one or less stars had work to do to meet food hygiene standards.

The inspections were thorough and only 16 achieved top marks. Businesses were judged on their standards of hygiene, including food handling and food temperature control. But to truly satisfy the inspectors, the physical structure of the business premises also had to come up to scratch. They also looked at the quality of the management's food safety management systems and their track record on all these issues.

It was a measure of the support for the scheme among suppliers of food in Fenland that more than 60 people turned up to applaud the 16 businesses who had set such a high standard.

The 16 companies to receive their Scores on the Doors Five Star Awards were The Heremitage Rest Home in Whittlesey; The Elms Nursing Home in Whittlesey; the Indoor Bowls Club in March; Sheltered Housing Accommodation in Leverington; Terry's Diner Ltd in Wisbech; Cho.ys Chinese Takeaway in Whittlesey; New Road Primary School in Whittlesey; Cedar Court Nursing Home in Whittlesey; Greencore Chilled Meals in Whittlesey; Lionel Walden School, Doddington; JH Betts Butchers in March; PG Amps in Wisbech; ALDI Store Ltd in Wisbech; Wisbech St Mary Primary School; GW Padley (Poultry) Ltd in Wisbech; Wheatsheaf Inn and Etcetera in Wisbech.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Environment, said: "As a council we have worked hard alongside businesses across Fenland to achieve improved food hygiene. Businesses had made a huge effort to support the Scores on the Doors scheme and they and their customers will reap the benefits."

As businesses are inspected, they will be awarded their star rating. These can be viewed on the food safety pages of www.fenland.gov.uk.


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