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Food Inspection Reporting System (FIRS) :
Case Study: Eastleigh Borough Council

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Food Standards Agency's initiative for the 'Scores on the Doors' system for rating and publishing the results of food safety inspections gaining considerable momentum.

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Press Release from Eastleigh Borough Council

A new "scores on the doors” rating scheme is helping to improve food hygiene in the Borough.

Eastleigh's Environmental Health team have set up a new public online information service which provides details and a rating for all food business in the borough.

The Safe 2 Eat scheme, an initiative which will eventually involvine most Hampshire Councils, is designed to help people find out how good the food hygiene standards are for the Borough's restaurants, take-aways, pubs, supermarkets and other shops selling or serving food.

The assessment is based on the hygiene practices of the business, their food safety management procedures and the structural conditions of the premises. Businesses are rated excellent, satisfactory or unsatisfactory and are given a certificate which they can display if they wish.

Eastleigh's environmental health staff have been working hard over many months carrying out checks on all of the borough's 800+ food premises and grading them. We now have a very useful and comprehensive guide which is easy to find and easy to use for our residents. And I am very pleased to say that the great majority of borough premises have either satisfactory or excellent ratings… And the scheme has already helped improve standards. When initial inspections were carried out 63 premises checked were unsatisfactory, but with help and advice from our environmental health teams and the Safe 2 Eat Information Scheme that figure has been reduced considerably. Cathie Fraser, Eastleigh's Cabinet member for Health

Currently 70 premises are classed as excellent, 780 are satisfactory and only four are classified as unsatisfactory.

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