4 July 2016 Scores on Doors Brings Fame not Shame

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Local cafés, restaurants, pubs and many other food outlets throughout the Coffs Harbour area are the latest businesses to be included in the NSW ‘Scores on Doors’ hygiene and food safety rating program.

Residents and visitors can see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements through the 3 stars, 4 stars and 5 stars rating certificates now on display.

“Scores on Doors offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to show customers just how seriously Coffs’ businesses take food hygiene and the results they’ve achieved by displaying a rating certificate on their door,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “It’s about celebrating success. We look at it as fame, not shame.”

The certificates reflect the results of regular hygiene and food safety inspections. Previously only inspectors and businesses knew the results – now diners will know too.

“Scores on Doors gives customers an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen and out the back at your favourite restaurant, café or takeaway,” said Council’s Robert Percival.

“All the relevant businesses have been inspected and rated over the past year and businesses that have qualified for a rating, will have received their certificates ready for the July 1 launch.  If you see a restaurant displaying the purple and green poster you know immediately that it’s met minimum hygiene and food safety standards during the last food inspection. If there is no certificate on display, you might want to wonder why.”

The rating system of Excellent (5 stars), Very Good (4 stars) and Good (3 stars), all represent various levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code. Council officers inspect businesses and rate their hygiene and food safety standards. The rating includes food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.

‘Scores on Doors’ creates greater consistency in food hygiene inspections around NSW as councils use standardised inspection checklists. It also gives greater visibility and transparency of compliance by food businesses.

“Coffs Harbour City Council is proud to be part of ‘Scores on Doors’ as it helps reduce illness from poor handling practices and ensures that residents and visitors can enjoy their meals with confidence,” said Robert.

The scheme is ongoing so poor performers will have the chance to receive a higher rating at their 2016/2017 inspection, if they take the necessary steps to ensure the food they prepare is safe to eat. 

Learn more on the scheme​ or visit www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/scoresondoors​