Know where you are eat­ing out

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil has re­leased its first for­mal restau­rant rat­ings with 32 food out­lets in the dis­trict achiev­ing a ‘‘C’ rat­ing in­di­cat­ing room for im­prove­ment. The coun­cil’s Food Safety By­law 2011 states all food premises must com­ply with min­i­mum stan­dards for the likes of hy­giene and train­ing un­der leg­is­la­tion reg­u­lat­ing the sale of food to the pub­lic. Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory man­ager Lee Web­ster said the level of com­pli­ance and stan­dard of food hy­giene varied. The coun­cil had been work­ing with food op­er­a­tors over the last year in­di­cat­ing a likely grad­ing and giv­ing tips on im­prove­ments, be­fore the for­mal grad­ings were given for the first time. Of the 378 food premises as­sessed, 169 achieved an ex­cel­lent A grade and 177 achieved a good B rat­ing. A C grade in­di­cated that a food premises was found to be av­er­age but it could score only a low 12 of a to­tal 30 points. The coun­cil was work­ing with those busi­nesses, Mr Web­ster said. ‘‘Ev­ery­one we go and see we give ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions to meet re­quire­ments. Grade C are meet­ing re­quire­ments but there’s room for im­prove­ment and that’s what we need to fo­cus on.’’ It was im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to be in­formed also and he hoped their pref­er­ences would also play a part in en­cour­ag­ing a rat­ings climb.

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