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Food businesses urged to highlight 'High 5s' success

Food businesses that are awarded high scores for their hygiene standards under a nationally recognised scheme should do more to publicise their success. It will help set them apart from their competitors and attract more customers.

Food Hygiene celebration 2016

That was the advice from Marcia Nightingale from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), speaking at a celebration event for local businesses that had gained a "High 5" mark, the top score under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).

Ms Nightingale said: "More consumers than ever are checking food hygiene ratings displayed by businesses. This allows them to choose those with a good rating and avoid the ones that don't make the grade

"Our research shows that over a third of businesses displaying their rating at their premises and on their websites report a positive impact - an improved reputation, increased customer confidence or more customers."

Forty-two top-scoring businesses attended the event held in Fenland Hall, March, earlier this month (May). Each one was presented with a "Fenland's High 5s" certificate. 

Congratulating them, Cllr Mike Cornwell,  the council's Cabinet member responsible for environmental health, 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."

The FHRS assessments are carried out by Fenland District Council's environmental health officers during unannounced inspections.  There are six levels of rating from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).

The ratings are displayed on the FHRS website, http://ratings.food.gov.uk/ 

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

The FHRS has three main aims: to provide a fair and open mechanism for assessing businesses' food hygiene standards, to encourage consistent high 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 food businesses have achieved the top rating  since the FHRS scheme was adopted by Fenland District Council in 2011.

Article added May 24, 2016

Food catering businesses attending the celebration:

Alderman Payne Primary School, Parson Drove

Barns Restaurant, March

Buffet Masters, Whittlesey

Chestnuts Home, Wisbech

Conservative Club, Whittlesey

Cook Catering, Wisbech

Deans Funfair, March

Elgoods Visitor Centre, Wisbech

Elms Nursing Home, Whittlesey

Friar Tucks Fish and Chip Shop, Whittlesey

Fridaybridge Fish Bar, Friday Bridge

Gorefield Primary School, Gorefield

Hog Roast Catering Co, Wisbech,

Kings Dyke Truck Stop, Whittlesey

Langley Lodge Rest Home, Wisbech

Loafers, Wisbech

Lucky House Chinese Takeaway, Coates

Lunchtime UK Elm Primary School, Elm

Lyn croft Residential Care Home, Wisbech

Millennium Takeaway, Wisbech

Nestle Purina Staff Canteen, Wisbech

Oasis Restaurant, Beales store, Wisbech

Peckover House, Wisbech

Peckover Primary School, Wisbech

Terry's Diner, Wisbech

Wendy's Rolls, Benwick

Wheatsheaf Inn, Wisbech

Willow Lodge, Gorefield

Cambridgeshire Catering Services

All Saints Primary School

Clarkson Infants School

Coates Primary School

Elm Road Primary School

Friday Bridge Primary School

Glebelands Primary School

Guyhirn Primary School

Leverington Primary Academy

Meadowgate Primary School

Murrow Primary School

New Road Primary School

Ramnoth Junior School

Westwood Junior School

Wisbech St Mary Primary School

Article added May 24, 2016