School kitchens get top marks in Environmental Health checks
Tuesday 25 September 2012
Parents of children who eat school meals in Coventry can rest assured that the meals are served from a clean environment as around 88 percent of kitchens where the Council's Schools Catering Service operate have been given top marks of 'very good' by Environmental Health with 10 percent receiving a rating of 'good' and only two percent gaining a 'satisfactory' rating.
Food hygiene ratings of the school kitchens will be posted on the kitchen doors for children to see and also in school reception areas. The food hygiene rating scheme has been developed by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities and helps people choose where to eat out or shop for food. Each business in the city - including school catering kitchens - is given a rating between 0 and 5 which indicates how close a business is to meeting requirements of food hygiene law.
Karen Huxtable, Head of Schools Catering, said: "I am extremely proud of all the staff who work in our kitchens. These scores have been achieved as a result of their hard work and commitment to provide an excellent service to the children of Coventry. We are always working with kitchen supervisors to maintain and improve our standards."
People wanting to check on the rating of their school kitchen or any food outlet in the city, can visit http://ratings.food.gov.uk/