Keep funding food scheme, says hygiene expert

FOOD HEALTH EXPERT: Mark Elliott with County Hall canteen’s 5 rating sign.
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FOOD HEALTH EXPERT: Mark Elliott with County Hall canteen’s 5 rating sign. (9155404)

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A LEADING environmental health expert has said it is vital local councils keep funding a food hygiene rating system, despite shrinking budgets.

Mark Elliott, chairman of Wales Heads of Environmental Health Group (WHoEHG) and head of public protection at Pembrokeshire County Council, has praised the food hygiene rating scheme, which was introduced in 2010.

Mr Elliott said the scheme, which scores businesses out of five and then posts the results online, had improved food hygiene across Wales.

“The number of businesses rated 5 (very good) has increased by almost 20 per cent since the start of the scheme and many have reported that a good rating has increased their takings significantly,” he said.

“In Pembrokeshire too the number of food business operators improving their food hygiene standards is also increasing with 94 per cent of food premises now scoring 3, 4 or 5 under the scheme.”

But he warned that the scheme's success was taking place against a background of rapidly shrinking local authority budgets and if it were to be continued would have to be adequately resourced.

“It is vital that such services are adequately resourced in future to protect public health,” he said.

In 2013, the Welsh Government made it mandatory for all food businesses to display their score, and Mr Elliott said this had helped consumers make more informed choices about where they want to eat.

“Giving consumers more information is having a positive effect on food hygiene standards,” he added.

Those failing to display a score face a fine or prosecution, while low-scoring businesses are given help to improve their rating.

In November, the scheme will be extended to business-to-business trade, meaning many small producers and factories will also be included.

To check a business’s rating, visit http://tinyurl.com/dyvdbgc.

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4:07pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Bilbo101 says...

We could easily keep funding this service if our councillors voted to remove Bryn Parry-Jones's annual car allowance of £20,500+Family Insurance Policy as it is no longer needed as Bryn has just acquired a brand new £89,000 Porsche which he obviously does not need because apparently he has loaned it to his young son to get back and forth to his job in Valero refinery. So much for it being used on official council business, as if that was needed anyway!!!

The council could also make further savings by voting to remove the recent pay rises to the cabinet members and the Chairman. If our councillors and Chief exec had any real integrity they would also opt to reduce their pay and benefits, this is what has happened in so many other councils up and down the country as councillors in other counties have admirably chosen to take pay cuts in order to save services. Will our council follow suit ? Highly unlikely unfortunately based on their recent track record of lining their own pockets. We desperately need to get rid of the leadership at our council as they are failing and in my view mismanaging our council tax money to benefit themselves.

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We could easily keep funding this service if our councillors voted to remove Bryn Parry-Jones's annual car allowance of £20,500+Family Insurance Policy as it is no longer needed as Bryn has just acquired a brand new £89,000 Porsche which he obviously does not need because apparently he has loaned it to his young son to get back and forth to his job in Valero refinery. So much for it being used on official council business, as if that was needed anyway!!! The council could also make further savings by voting to remove the recent pay rises to the cabinet members and the Chairman. If our councillors and Chief exec had any real integrity they would also opt to reduce their pay and benefits, this is what has happened in so many other councils up and down the country as councillors in other counties have admirably chosen to take pay cuts in order to save services. Will our council follow suit ? Highly unlikely unfortunately based on their recent track record of lining their own pockets. We desperately need to get rid of the leadership at our council as they are failing and in my view mismanaging our council tax money to benefit themselves. Help end the corruption in PCC by signing the petition and sending it to all your friends. 2507 Pembrokeshire people have so far signed, lets get it past the 3000 mark, email, Facebook and Twitter the link to all your family and friends : https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/e nd-corruption-in-pem brokeshire-county-co uncil Bilbo101
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9:07am Thu 14 Aug 14

Tttoommy says...

I seem to recall when these checks were first made we had some places named and shamed as they were pretty unclean , I remember these were run by incomers, local boyos were NOT named.

When I came back to Pembroke 4 years ago my cousin warned me to get a local plated car, not have a tourists plate i.e south of england - I laughed at the time BUT honestly the way I see how things work down here it's considered as just local people helping each other, guys , it's wrong at every level
I seem to recall when these checks were first made we had some places named and shamed as they were pretty unclean , I remember these were run by incomers, local boyos were NOT named. When I came back to Pembroke 4 years ago my cousin warned me to get a local plated car, not have a tourists plate i.e south of england - I laughed at the time BUT honestly the way I see how things work down here it's considered as just local people helping each other, guys , it's wrong at every level Tttoommy
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11:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

listner23 says...

If the council cuts funding to this essential service then how easy it would be for the food outlets to be tempted to do the same. After all, everybody is feeling the pinch. Public health has to come first.
If the council cuts funding to this essential service then how easy it would be for the food outlets to be tempted to do the same. After all, everybody is feeling the pinch. Public health has to come first. listner23
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