Borough top of the pots for food safety

Essex County Standard: Borough top of the pots for food safety Borough top of the pots for food safety

RESTAURANTS are enjoying the sweet taste of success in Colchester after being ranked highly in a national food safety survey.

The new study has ranked councils across the country on their record for enforcing food safety rules – and Colchester was placed 18th out of 395.

Research organisation Which? examined how councils maintain food hygiene standards, tackle food fraud and how many high and medium-risk businesses comply with regulations.

It also takes into account the number of premises which have not been visited, to see how the council keeps on top of new openings and the proportion of follow-up inspections which are not carried out.

Councillor Martin Hunt, who is responsible for waste services, said: “Colchester borough is home to both a large number and diverse range of food businesses.

“We are, therefore, delighted with this report which ranks our hygiene compliance as 18th from a total of nearly 400 local authorities in the country.

“The borough remains committed to ensuring all food businesses are regularly inspected and offered food safety guidance and training.

“Working with businesses in this way has seen a rise in standards, which often far exceeds the legal minimum.

“Inevitably, not all businesses achieve the same high standards.

“Individual food hygiene ratings are available to view on both the council’s and Food Standards Agency’s websites.”

Banquet 1408 Chinese restaurant, in London Road, Stanway, earned full marks on its latest inspection, meaning it has a very good grading.

Manager Karen Shipman said: “It shows we are doing our job properly.

“We take pride in the quality of food we serve and the way it, produced. We monitor it closely.

“With a restaurant like ours, you have to make sure everything is done by the book.

“I think the rating is important because if you get a bad reputation, everybody sees and they won’t come in.

“It is not that easy to get a five – you have to work hard for it.”

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9:37am Fri 24 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

Well done, I think Colchester has a very good list of independent restaurants, which seems to be growing with recent addititions like the stockwell and hudson and hudson. I do believe the town could host a Michelin star restaurant as I think the demand is here. The only other two in East anglia are in Cambridge and top of the north Norfolk Coast.
Well done, I think Colchester has a very good list of independent restaurants, which seems to be growing with recent addititions like the stockwell and hudson and hudson. I do believe the town could host a Michelin star restaurant as I think the demand is here. The only other two in East anglia are in Cambridge and top of the north Norfolk Coast. angryman!!!

1:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Citizen 139 says...

1408 is a very clean restaurant, not cheap but you get what you pay for. Well done.
1408 is a very clean restaurant, not cheap but you get what you pay for. Well done. Citizen 139

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