Tweed cafe, restaurant and takeaway operators have been quick to embrace a state-wide initiative which rewards food premises with excellent hygiene and food safety standards.
More than 65 per cent of eligible businesses in Tweed Shire have signed up to the Scores on Doors program since it was launched in the Tweed in October.
“Our goal was to reach 60 per cent of businesses within the first three months but that has been easily eclipsed, with more than 180 premises that have achieved high ratings of three to five stars,” Team Leader – Environmental Health, Brad Pearce, said.
“Council Environmental Health Officers are providing feedback and offering opportunities for follow-up inspections to help businesses improve their rating. This is all part of the program’s proactive approach to work with the industry, to improve food safety standards and reduce the instance of food borne illness in the retail food industry.”
The rating system represents levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code, incorporating criteria such as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control. Participating businesses are given certificates to display at the front of their premises, to give customers insight to the standards of food safety being maintained behind the scenes.
A new cafe in the recently upgraded Bay Street in Tweed Heads, Food Smith Cafe and Pantry, is one of the recent participants in the program and one of the significant number to receive a five out of five rating.
Food Smith owner Glenn Smith said a high Scores on Doors rating was another valuable feather in the cap for businesses keen to differentiate themselves as high quality premises.
“People are very particular about their food and Scores on Doors is an excellent guide to what is going on out the back,” he said.
Another family business, Bok Bok Thai, was extremely proud to display its five-star rating at the front of its Banora Point premises, owner Jack Drury said.
“We work hard to provide authentic Thai using quality local produce and the Scores on Doors rating is another asset for our business, further demonstrating our focus on excellence.”
Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
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