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Four Cam­bus­lang cooks have been hon­oured with a top county safety award.

Anne Goldie, a fa­cil­i­ties ser­vices ad­vi­sor with the coun­cil, Linda McCar­rol of West Coats Pri­mary School, Su­san Crossan of Hall­side Pri­mary School and Ali­son Kelso, also a fa­cil­i­ties ser­vices ad­vi­sor with the coun­cil, have all scooped the Food Stan­dards Agency’s Eat Safe food hy­giene award.

The Food Stan­dards Agency grants Eat Safe awards to com­mer­cial kitchens and cater­ing es­tab­lish­ments - whether a snack bar, a ma­jor ho­tel or a school cater­ing unit - which pre­pare food in con­di­tions which ex­ceed those required by leg­is­la­tion.

The main aim of the scheme is to pro­vide an in­cen­tive to cater­ers to strive for food hy­giene and food safety man­age­ment stan­dards be­yond those required by law.

The scheme was launched a few years ago by the Food Stan­dards Agency to im­prove public con­fi­dence and con­sumer choice in cater­ing es­tab­lish­ments through­out Scot­land and there are now a num­ber of premises within South La­nark­shire who have ob­tained the award.

The school cater­ing units were rec­om­mended to the Food Stan­dards Agency for the Eat Safe award by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health team which mon­i­tors and in­spects cater­ing es­tab­lish­ments to en­sure they are safe and hy­gienic to dine in.

Stephen Kelly, head of fa­cilites, waste and ground ser­vices said: “I am de­lighted that a fur­ther 27 of our pri­mary and sec­ondary school cater­ing units have gained this award. They op­er­ate to a very high stan­dard of hy­giene and this award is in­deed well de­served.”

Awards Anne Goldie, Linda McCar­rol, Su­san Crossan and Ali­son Kelso with their Eat Safe awards

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