As part of National Food Safety Week (4 -10 June 2018), the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) which delivers Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham has teamed up with the Food Standards Agency to shine a light on food safety and the work being done behind the scenes to ensure that the local food we buy and eat is safe and honest.
The PPP has a team of dedicated Environmental Health Officers who inspect local food businesses to ensure hygiene standards are up to scratch. 96% of businesses inspected received a food hygiene rating of 3 (generally satisfactory) or above under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The scheme covers local businesses supplying or serving food direct to the local community such as restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, food vans or stalls, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and care homes.
During the last financial year the PPP inspected 100% of the local food premises due for inspection and visited all new food premises opening. In total, 1,315 local food premises were inspected across West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham.
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, Chairman of the Joint Public Protection Committee explained:
“Our dedicated team work hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that food we eat is safe so that people can dine out across West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham with peace-of-mind. Research shows that food hygiene when eating out is the UK’s number one food safety concern so we are very pleased that the majority of our local food businesses hold a Food Hygiene Rating 3 or above.”
Angela Towers, Head of the Food Hygiene Rating Team at the Food Standards Agency said:
“Working in partnership with Public Protection Partnership, we are dedicated to ensuring that residents 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.”