Scilly’s Food Businesses Do Well In Hygiene Checks

hugh town centre 3The first businesses on the islands have been inspected as part of the Food Standards Agency’s Hygiene Rating System.

The scheme has been in operation for some time on the mainland, and gives information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways.

Businesses here in Scilly were written to by the Council earlier in the year to say they’d be starting the scheme on the islands.

The first inspections took place last month and Chief Technical Officer, Neville Gardner, says the majority of the kitchens inspected achieved very good hygiene scores.

Businesses are given window stickers to show their ratings and you can also compare them online.

They have 14 days to appeals a decision after being notified and that involves arranging a re-inspection.

It’s only for premises where food is actually prepared and doesn’t extend to the companies that carry food to the islands, or retailers, although Mr Gardner said that could change in the future.

The success of the ratings on the mainland has led to calls for it to be made mandatory.