Following recent issues in the news about food hygiene and safety it is vitally important to protect your business from facing closure. This is possible by keeping the hygiene of your restaurant and the safety of your food at its optimum. The Food Standards Agency are making tighter regulations regarding the hygiene of restaurants or food establishments and the food hygiene rating is prominent in many eateries all over the country. It is important for the safety of your customers that you make sure your restaurant is at the highest quality hygiene standard. More and more people are taking notice of the hygiene rating and if yours is poor, they are likely to go elsewhere.
The Food Hygiene Rating is a small and simple chart, with a rating of one to five. The higher up the scale, the better the restaurant. For example, a rating of five has the best hygiene possible. Although the food hygiene-rating scheme isn’t yet mandatory, a new law is going to be put in place forcing restaurants and cafes to display their rating. This has got support from Wales who is going to be the first part of the UK to enforce the new law. It will help consumers know if the food they are eating is safe, giving them a better insight into the cleanliness of the restaurant. If the eatery is hygienic, then the chances of the food being safe to eat are a lot more probable.
All authorities in the country, except for three are part of the voluntary scheme. With restaurants and cafes willing to have their establishment inspected for food hygiene those who don’t are more likely to get penalised, with less people visiting their business. Those who have bad hygiene ratings are being encouraged to improve their safety so the business won’t suffer and they won’t loose custom.
In New Malden, a sushi restaurant and grocery owner has been fined £4,000, charged £1200 costs and £15 for a victim surcharge. This was following the poor hygiene rating of her two establishments, which failed to control the risk of E.Coli contamination. She was charged with 8 accounts of breaking food safety and hygiene laws, compromising the health of her customers. The case has sent a message to all food businesses, relaying the importance of meeting hygiene and safety rules and regulations.
Strawberry Standards is a business set up to help food establishments understand the regulations regarding food safety. They support the food and drink industry In both technical and regulatory fields to ensure they stay compliant with the food regulations in place.