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Positive Activities for Young People Team Leader, Luton Borough Council
Food Safety Consultancy
Rate my place; find out how likely it is your food inspector will award you 5 stars
Working with food inspectors this week I asked why all their food safety award fridge magnets were being boxed up. The answer was simple, the local authority had introduced a food hygiene rating system, but this was now being replaced by a nationally recognised system, supported by the Food Standard Agency. As a result the scoring system had changed and their system no longer satisfied the new criteria.
So what did this mean to food businesses throughout the food authority? For most very little; nobody was believed to be so bad that they would score the new zero rating, but borderline 5, 4 and 3 star ratings could lose one of their stars.
For a business this would be devastating and customers would think food hygiene standards have fallen.
Every business seeks continuous improvement, so to taking a step backward needs to be avoided at all costs. It is with in mind that we have introduced “Rate My Place”. A service to businesses who want to check what star rating a food inspector is likely to award them at their next food safety inspection.
When our food inspectors rate your place they will be able to tell you how well you comply with food law and score you in the following three areas:
• Food hygiene and safety
• Structure, equipment and cleaning
• Training of managers and food handlers
• Confidence in food management systems
The lower our food inspector’s score the better the premises is in terms of legal compliance and more stars you are likely to be awarded by your local authority, at their next inspection.
For further details contact Kae and Carol on 01933 626444 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Bowmer, March 2012
RSA Food Safety Consultancy services include:
The benefits of using a Food Safety Consultant from RSA include:
- Improvement in standards of cleanliness, food hygiene and safety
- Peace of mind knowing that you are compliant with Food safety legislation
- Development of a food safety culture from all employees pulling in the same direction
- Well trained and competent staff means less management and supervision is required
- Less food wastage and problems with food pests
- Reduction in complaints
- Less risk of giving people food poisoning
- Higher star ratings from the Local Authority inspections
- Having a “Due-Diligence” defence should the need arise
For a full description of the services we offer to help you achieve the standards that you require, contact us now or speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Why use RSA for Food Safety?
RSA Food Safety has been operating since 1997, providing food safety advice to businesses of all types and sizes, from large hotels to small coffee shops and from food manufacturers to cruise ships. We are experienced across all sectors. We only use fully qualified and experienced Environmental Health Practitioners and Food Safety Consultants to provide you with the best advice available. In addition, because our services are tailored to exactly match what you require, we ensure that we are as cost-effective as possible.
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