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

Excellence in food hygiene awarded to Pub at Life

As part of the Hampshire wide Safe2eat scheme Pub at Life has recently received an Excellence certificate from the Mayoress of Test Valley, Councillor Pam Mutton. The certificate is awarded to food businesses who demonstrate high standards when inspected by Environmental Health Officer's of the Environment and Health Service, during an unannounced inspection.

The Awards are part of a new initiative by the Council's Environment and Health Service, to drive up food hygiene standards within the Borough, and reward those food businesses that have consistently demonstrated high standards of food hygiene.

When people eat out they naturally want to know that hygiene, cleanliness and food safety are top priorities in their favourite places to eat. The public wants to be confident that the utmost care has been taken in the preparation of the food they eat, this new Safe2eat Scores on the Doors Scheme aims to give recognition to food premises which have attained and maintained high standards of cleanliness and food hygiene practices. There are three levels to the scheme, those being Excellent, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory. Those businesses classed as satisfactory are complying with legal requirements, while those businesses classed as excellent have demonstrated best practice. Cllr Boulton, Portfolio holder for Environment and Health

All businesses inspected by the Council, like restaurants, takeaways, schools, supermarkets and pubs that serve or sell food are included. Only premises that have been visited and assessed by a food safety officer will receive a rating. A certificate displaying the rating of each food business for them to display will be sent out in the next two weeks.

The website www.safe2eat.com will provide the public with information about the hygiene standards of food businesses in a format that can be readily understood, so they can make informed choices. The rating score for each business is based on a national priority rating scheme, endorsed by the Food Standards Agency.

For those members of the public who are interested in the food hygiene standards of their local restaurant of takeaway they use, food hygiene inspection information is put available on the Hampshire website www.safe2eat.com. This site already holds information on food businesses in the Basingstoke, Winchester, Gosport, and Eastleigh areas.

If anyone has wants food hygiene advice, or has concerns about a food business in the Test Valley area they should call the Environment and Health Service (01264) 368000, and ask to speak to an Environmental Health Officer in the Commercial Team.

For further information please contact Spencer Scott, Environmental Health Officer at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368465

Notes to Editors: More information is available at www.safe2eat.com. The Food Standards Agency website holds further information on 'Scores on the Doors' schemes nationally (click on the link below). www.food.gov.uk/safereating/hyg/scoresonthedoors/

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