Food businesses awarded the High 5 hygiene rating have been urged to celebrate their success with customers in an effort to set them apart from the competition.
Marcia Nightingale from the Food Standards Agency advised business owners at a celebration event for those who had achieved the top score under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).
Ms Nightingale said: “More consumers than ever are checking food hygiene ratings displayed by businesses. This allows them to choose those with a good rating and avoid the ones that don’t make the grade
“Our research shows that over a third of businesses displaying their rating at their premises and on their websites report a positive impact – an improved reputation, increased customer confidence or more customers.”
Forty-two top-scoring businesses attended the event held in Fenland Hall, March, with each one presented with a “Fenland’s High 5s” certificate.
Congratulating them, Cllr Mike Cornwell, the council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “Your success is down to your hard work and commitment to ensuring that high standards of hygiene are maintained in your business. That is why you deserve this High 5s accolade.”
The assessments are carried out by Fenland District Council’s environmental health officers during unannounced inspections, with full ratings displayed at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/