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96% of local food businesses hold food hygiene rating 3 or above

As part of National Food Safety Week (4 – 10 June 2018), the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) which delivers environmental health, licensing and trading standards services across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham, is partnering with the Food Standards Agency to shine a light on food safety and the team working behind the scenes to help 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 per cent of the local food premises due for inspection, and we visited all new food premises opening, in total 1,315 local food premises were inspected.

Cllr Norman Jorgensen, chairman of the Joint Public Protection Committee, explained:

“We have a dedicated team that work hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that food we eat is safe so that residents and visitors can dine out across Bracknell Forest 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.”

The PPP encourages any member of the public who is concerned about local food safety to contact the Public Protection Partnership on 01635 519192 or at ehadvice@westberks.gov.uk.