East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is supporting the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) latest food hygiene campaign.
The campaign, called 'Where’s The Sticker?', encourages customers to look for the green and black Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) stickers at food outlets and reminds food businesses to make sure their stickers are on show.
The FHRS provides information about the food hygiene standards found by the local authority’s food safety officers when they inspect food outlets. Officers check businesses are meeting food hygiene law, which is in place to protect people’s health.
Many businesses that already display their rating say it has made a huge difference by improving reputation, increasing customer confidence and attracting more customers.
One East Northamptonshire food business that proudly displays its sticker is Eastern Spices in Oundle. The owners achieved the top award of level 5 under the FHRS in December 2015. Shakeel Arif and Safdar Hussain have owned the business for the last eight years and during this time have worked closely with the Environmental Health department at ENC to maintain standards of hygiene and undertake structural improvements to their business.
Shakeel explained: "We recognise how important it is to maintain good food hygiene standards to protect the health of our customers. We have recently benefitted from attending a food safety course at ENC along with a workshop on new legislation on key food allergens."
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: "A good rating is good for business. It’s something to be proud of, so please display your sticker and don’t leave potential customers guessing how seriously you take food hygiene, or worse, assuming that you have something to hide. If you’d like to improve your rating, speak to one of our food safety officers who are on hand to offer advice and support. They are happy to share information on specific issues or more general council services which may benefit your business."
If you run a food business and would like to discuss your rating or how to improve food safety in your business, phone 01832 742055 to speak to one of ENC’s officers, available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
ENC’s food safety training course is designed for anyone working with or around food and leads to a nationally recognised qualification (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 2 Award in Food Safety in catering). Not only is the course interesting and delivered in an interactive way, it also provides the opportunity to network with other local businesses.
The next course will be on 13 April, followed by another three throughout 2016. See the Food Safety Training page for more information about what the course covers and for booking details.