Hygiene rating system announced

COFFS Coast restaurant-goers will soon be able to rate the hygiene of local restaurants at a glance, thanks to a statewide safety hygiene rating system announced over the weekend.

Minister for Primary Industries Steve Whan announced the new ‘Score on the Door’ food and safety hygiene rating system, an Australian first in which restaurants and eateries will be rated on their hygiene and cleanliness.

Restaurants and cafes can voluntarily opt to be involved in the scheme and will be ranked A – excellent, B – good, C – acceptable or P for pending.

Part owner of Cafe Fiasco at the Jetty, Alex Hawkins, said the new system would weed out any sub-standard restaurants and cafes.

“I think it’s an excellent idea,” Mrs Hawkins said.

“By hearsay you hear a lot of stories about a lot of filthy kitchens out there. Customers never get to see the kitchen or how their food is prepared so this is a great idea.

“As long as it’s followed up by an education campaign so people know what the ratings mean. There’s no point having the ratings on your door unless people understand exactly what they mean.”

Head chef and part owner Stefano Mazzina agreed.

“It’s shouldn’t be an option. A restaurant should be an A or at the very least a B, it’s not optional to keep your kitchen clean, it’s something that needs to be done,” he said.

Mr Whan said the system will be an opportunity for restaurants who are doing a good job to show that off and make that part of their marketing for customers.

The rating system will be trialled for six months from July 1 in 12 Sydney council areas before a statewide rollout from July 2011.



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