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War declared on grime

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23 January 2017

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A major campaign to improve hygiene standards in Enfield's restaurants has been launched by the Council.

  • Least hygienic restaurants in Enfield to be named and shamed
  • Enfield Council launching campaign to persuade restauranteurs to clean up their act
  • Worst offenders will also be shut down and prosecuted

A major campaign to improve hygiene standards in Enfield's restaurants has been launched by the Council.

Food safety officers will be visiting take-aways, restaurants and other food outlets across the borough to check that they comply with hygiene laws and will give advice and guidance to establishments which need to clean up their act.

Those that fail to do so face being closed down, prosecuted and named and shamed by Enfield Council. The clampdown builds on the work the Council has done in previous years to raise hygiene standards in Enfield.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "We have a huge number of excellent, well run and hygienic food outlets in Enfield, but, sadly, there are a number which are letting the rest of the borough down, so we’re taking action.

"The absolute minimum we expect from people who run food outlets is that they have clean premises and the right measures in place so that their customers health is ensured.

"We don’t think that's unreasonable, but unfortunately, judging from what our food safety officers have seen in recent months, a number of food outlets in the borough evidently couldn’t care less about the welfare of their customers.

"So we've decided enough is enough and we're stepping up our enforcement activities.

"We're giving restaurants and other food establishments fair warning that we'll be naming and shaming those who we inspect and are deemed to have unacceptable hygiene standards. Our residents need to be assured that they can eat out safely without any fear of food poisoning."

Each business is given a Food Standards Agency hygiene rating when it is inspected by an Enfield Council food safety officer. The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six  ratings from 0-5. The top rating of '5' means that the business was found to have 'very good' hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.

Diners can see a business' food hygiene rating by visiting the Food Standards Agency.