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Food safety successes outlined

Published Friday, 10 October 2014

Enfield Council has agreed plans to protect the public and raise hygiene standards in its 2,600 food businesses over the next year.

The council carried out 1,619 visits to food outlets in 2013/14 and closed six, issued 58 hygiene improvement notices instructing owners to buck up their ideas, prosecuted three businesses for endangering the public through failing to meet basic requirements of good food handling and cleanliness and had the owner of one premises banned from managing a food business. 

A further 10 premises are subject to ongoing investigations. The courts to date have charged businesses with over £5,000 worth of fines.

Officers also work with businesses to raise standards of cleanliness and food handling and figures from March 2014 show that the percentage of businesses in Enfield rated as good or very good has increased (from 59 per cent to 61 per cent) in the last year

The Environmental Health department also worked with 12 businesses to help  improve their food hygine rating to at least three or above on the National food Hygiene Ratings Scheme and the team has undertaken visits across Enfield  to remove out of date food with an operation earlier in the year saw the team remove over 130 items of out of date food.

The Council is also working closely with partners at the Home Office to support businesses in ensuring that they are complying with appropriate employment rules regarding immigration status.

Some food businesses are employing illegal workers to work in their kitchens often with no training & little understanding of food hygiene.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We work hard to protect residents from the ill effects of poor hygiene in our food businesses and our officers also play an important role in raising standards and ensuring our restaurants, takeaways and cafes work hard to provide not only tasty but hygienic food at all times.

”This is work often goes unrecognised but environmental health officers really are the first line of defence against bugs, bacteria and pests for people who have decided to go out and enjoy themselves in one of the borough’s hundreds of restaurants.

The Council is encouraging the public to check the rating of the food business before they purchase any food. This can be done either by looking for the sticker in the window – look for three or above; or by going to the Food Standards Agency Website

If you have any concerns about a food premises in the Borough please email us.

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