Boost For Food Hygiene Scheme In Godalming
People in the Godalming area can now buy food from supermarkets, newsagents, convenience stores and other retail outlets with increased confidence following the extension of the council's food hygiene rating scheme.
Last year Waverley Borough Council, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, launched the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to cover food businesses such as restaurants, takeaways, pubs and café.
Now, the scheme has been was extended to cover retail businesses selling food.
Environmental Health Officers from Waverley check food hygiene standards meet legal requirements and give businesses a rating ranging from zero, meaning urgent improvements are necessary, to five which is very good.
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The ratings are made public on Waverley's website at www.waverley.gov.uk/foodhygiene/ratingscheme and businesses are also given a sticker which they can display in their window.
A number of retail businesses rated five were at the launch of the scheme being extended to retail outlets. These included Ian Linsley from Waitrose in Haslemere and Sarah Collins from the supermarket's Godalming branch, who also met with the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Richard Gates, and Catriona Stewart, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team, Food Standards Agency, to be congratulated on their success.
Cllr Bryn Morgan, councillor responsible for environment at Waverley Borough Council, said: "Allowing people to buy food from retailers with the confidence it has been prepared in line with high food hygiene standards is a priority for Waverley.
"The initial launch of the food hygiene rating scheme proved very popular, both with people eating out and businesses such as pubs and restaurants."
He added:"When it comes to buying from retail outlets, I'd urge people to look for the distinctive one to five rating sticker or check out a business' rating online. The majority of businesses in Waverley meet high food hygiene standards and those who don't need to be aware that people now have the power to make a quick check and could go elsewhere if they don't like what they find out."