Stock audit company Venners has warned food operators that they risk harming their reputations and consequently their businesses if they ignore food safety.
The auditor, which works mostly with companies in the hospitality industry, said with publicity surrounding the Food Standards Agency`s Scores on the Doors scheme, the BBC’s Rogue Restaurants TV series and national newspapers highlighting breaches of food safety, operators are even more under the microscope when it comes to hygiene levels.
Stuart Knill, Health & Safety General Manager at Venners, said: “In these difficult trading times you can’t afford to give customers any reason not to visit your establishment.
"In fact you need to give them every reason to visit. In the hospitality industry food safety is paramount as is customers’ confidence in your establishment’s ability to serve food safely. If you are unaware of industry standards and/or whether you business is achieving them, you put at risk your hard earned reputation, your custom and at worst your business."
The Food Standards Agency recently launched a consultation to decide on a single, national scheme to rate restaurants on their hygiene levels.
Proposals are yet to be published, but they are likely to include a four-tier scoring system which will rate restaurants between zero and three stars, the latter signifying a "very good" hygiene level.
There has been much debate over the adoption of such a scheme, which would allow some local authorities the chance to opt out it they wished.
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