Ballina Shire restaurants display their hygiene Scores on Doors

hygienceBallina Shire residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements.

Ballina Shire Council is a major participator in the statewide Scores on Doors program, which aims to improve food safety standards and to reduce the instance of foodborne illness in the retail food industry.

“Scores on Doors offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to show customers just how seriously they take food hygiene and the results they have achieved by displaying a rating certificate on their door,” Sue Anderson, Council’s Environmental Health Officer said.

The certificates reflect the result of a regular hygiene and food safety inspection. This means that what was previously only known to inspectors is now available to diners.

Residents, visitors and workers in Ballina Shire demand a high level of food safety at the places they eat at.

“Scores on Doors gives customers an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen and out the back at your favourite restaurant, café or takeaway,” Ms Anderson said.

“If you see a restaurant displaying the purple and green poster you can dine there safe in the knowledge it has met minimum hygiene and food safety standards during the last food inspection, and if it’s not displaying one, ask why.”

The rating system of Excellent (5 stars), Very Good (4 stars) and Good (3 stars) all represent various levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code. Council officers inspect businesses and rate their hygiene and food safety standards.

The rating includes such things as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.

Scores on Doors also creates greater consistency in food hygiene inspections around NSW as councils use standardised inspection checklists that give greater visibility and transparency of compliance by food businesses.

“Ballina Shire Council is proud to be part of Scores on Doors and is doing its part to reduce illness from food and ensure that residents and visitors can enjoy their meals safely,” Paul Hickey, General Manager said.

For more information on Scores on Doors and participating food outlets in Ballina Shire visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/p/scoresondoors

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