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'High 5s' celebration for top-scoring food businesses

Forty-five local catering businesses came together last week (June 17) to celebrate their success in maintaining top marks for food hygiene over the past five years.

They have all been given the highest rating possible under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) every year since the scheme was adopted by Fenland District Council in 2011.

Food hygiene rating assessments are carried out by the council's environmental health officers during unannounced inspections.  There are six levels of rating from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).

In recognition of their consistent achievements, each of the 45 businesses was presented with a "Fenland's High 5s" certificate at an event in Fenland Hall in March.

Congratulating them, Councillor Will Sutton, FDC's deputy leader, said: "Your success is down to your hard work and commitment to ensuring that high standards of hygiene are maintained in your business. That is why you deserve this High 5s accolade."

Alex Lisle from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) stressed that achieving a high FHRS rating was good for business. "More consumers than ever are checking food hygiene ratings displayed by food businesses," he said.

He added that the FSA was still pushing for the mandatory display of ratings in food businesses.

Businesses are given a sticker showing their score which they are encouraged to display in a prominent position within their premises.

The FHRS has three main aims: to provide a fair and open mechanism for assessing food businesses' hygiene standards, to encourage more businesses to consistently achieve good standards and thus reduce the incidence of food-borne illness, and to allow consumers to make informed choices about where they buy food.

A total of 134 Fenland catering businesses have achieved the top rating  since the FHRS scheme was adopted by Fenland District Council in 2011.

·         For details of all the ratings, visit the FHRS website

Article added June 25, 2015