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Byron Shire Council restaurants display their hygiene Scores on Doors

Byron Shire Council residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements, Shannon Burt announced today.

Byron Shire 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 food borne 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 on their door,” Ms Burt said.

The certificates reflect the result of a regular hygiene and food safety inspection. This means that what was previously only known to inspectors is now available to diners.

Residents, visitors and workers in the Byron Shire Council area demand a high level of food safety at the places they eat at every day.

“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.

“If you see a restaurant displaying the purple and green poster you can dine there safe in the knowledge it has met

minimum hygiene and food safety standards during the last food inspection and if its not displaying one, ask why,” Ms Burt said.

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 such things as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.

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

“Byron Shire Council is proud to be part of Scores on Doors and doing it’s part to reduce illness from food and ensure that residents and visitors can enjoy their meals safely,” Ms Burt said.

Byron Shire Council is the 53rdcouncil in NSW to join the program.

For more information visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au  or www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/scoresondoors

Left to Right: Council's director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, presenting Eva Angeli from the Italian Joint in Mullumbimby, her Scores on Doors certificate

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Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.