Lithgow City Council residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements, Mayor Maree Statham announced today.
Lithgow City Council is the latest council to join the state-wide Scores on Doors program, which aims to improve food safety standards and to reduce the instance of foodborne illness in the retail food industry.
“Scores on Doors offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to show customers just how seriously they take food hygiene and the results they have achieved by displaying a rating certificate and sticker on their door,” Mayor Statham said.
The certificates and stickers reflect the result of a regular hygiene and food safety inspection with ratings indicating Excellent (5 stars), Very Good (4 stars) and Good (3 stars). This program is part of Council’s ongoing efforts to improve local community communication and transparency. That information which was previously known only to inspectors will now be clearly communicated with the community and visitors.
“Residents, visitors and workers in the Lithgow LGA demand a high level of food safety at the places they eat at every day,” noted Mayor Statham. “Scores on Doors gives customers an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen and out the back at your favorite restaurant, café or takeaway. If you see a restaurant displaying the purple and green poster and sticker, you can dine there safe in the knowledge it has met minimum hygiene and food safety standards during the last food inspection and if it’s not displaying one, ask why.”