A BLITZ on cleanliness in eateries across North West Leicestershire District Council has seen the launch a new food hygiene certificate of excellence.
Inspectors from the authority have been out and about in 15 food outlets in an effort to find the ‘very best’ that the area has to offer.
The new certificates are presented to those establishments that go over and above the requirements set out in law and are a way of recognising the high standards they demonstrate.
McDonalds, in Lountside, Ashby, is set to receive one of the special certificates, which can be displayed publicly.
Alison Smith, deputy leader of the North West Leicestershire District Council and portfolio holder for community services, said: “In order to recognise those premises that go over and above the requirements of the law in our district and achieve excellence, we have selected a host of premises that fell into this category in 2012 and have awarded them our special Food Hygiene Award 2012.
“Each of these premises has been rated as a five and has achieved the highest possible score for confidence in management.
“I would like to offer our congratulations to them.”
Good food hygiene is getting easier to spot since the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been introduced.
Restaurants, pubs, hotels, (as well as cafes, takeaways and other places that sell or serve food) are now being rated from zero to five for their hygiene standards when a food hygiene inspection is carried out by the district council.
In addition to the National Ratings Scheme, the council has introduced the award of excellence as an added incentive to eateries.