THE vast majority of food businesses in Tameside are rated satisfactory, good or very good by the people who protect your plate.
For National Food Safety Week, Tameside Council’s Public Protection Team is partnering with the Food Standards Agency to shine a light on food safety and the team working behind the scenes in Tameside to help ensure that the food we buy and eat is safe and honest.
And they’ve revealed that 95 per cent of businesses inspected in Tameside received a food hygiene rating of 3 (generally satisfactory) or above under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The scheme covers businesses supplying or serving food direct to consumers such as restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, food vans or stalls, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and care homes.
It helps people choose where to shop and eat out by giving them clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards. There are six hygiene ratings ranging from ‘0’ (urgent improvement required) to ‘5’ (very good). Businesses are given green and black stickers for display and all ratings are published online.
This year, Food Safety Week centres on “the people who protect your plate”. There are a whole host of people that work to keep food safe; Tameside has a team of dedicated environmental health officers whose job it is to inspect local food businesses to ensure hygiene standards are up to scratch.
There are over 1,500 food businesses in Tameside that will receive some kind of intervention throughout the year ranging from a full Food Hygiene Inspection, Revisit to assess for compliance or a visit to deal with a specific Food Safety issue.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington accompanied Business Compliance Officer Bev Hursthouse on a Food Hygiene inspection to see the work carried out.
Cllr Warrington said: “We have a dedicated team that work hard to ensure that food is safe in Tameside so that residents and visitors can shop and dine out with peace of mind. Research shows that food hygiene when eating out and shopping is the UK’s number one food safety concern so we are really pleased that the majority of our local food businesses hold a rating of 3 or above.”
As a nation, we spent over £203 billion on food and drink last year alone.
Angela Towers, Head of the Food Hygiene Rating Team at the Food Standards Agency, said: “Working in partnership with Tameside and their expert Environmental Health Officers we are dedicated to ensuring that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. Our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme empowers the public to make informed decisions about where to buy and eat food, it’s also proved hugely effective in driving up standards in food businesses across the country."
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