16 May 2018
Pages Café at the Koorong Book Shop in Blackburn South has been awarded Council’s 5-star rating for best practice in food safety standards.
Whitehorse Councillor Sharon Ellis said the 5-Star Food Hygiene Assessment System acknowledged the sustained hard work that goes into maintaining top hygiene standards in the food industry.
“It is great to see another Whitehorse business has achieved the top rating possible under the assessment system and the community can factor this high standard into their choice of location when they eat out in the municipality,” Cr Ellis said.
Food businesses achieving a 5 star rating are promoted in Council publications. They are also eligible for the prestigious Food Premises of the Year Award.
Food Premises of the Year fall under three categories:
• Class 1 (eg Aged Care, Child Care, Hospitals etc.)
• Class 2 (eg Restaurant, Cafe, Take-Away, Delicatessen, Bakery, Supermarket)
• Community Groups (eg School Canteens)
The Food Hygiene Assessment (FHA) and the star rating performance system informs Council, food business proprietors and consumers about the standard of food safety being achieved in the municipality.
Council’s online portal is a user-friendly listing of food premises in Whitehorse and their star ratings, open to the public. To view the new portal, visit ehealth.whitehorse.vic.gov.au
For more information on the FHA, visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/food-hygiene-system.html
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