Food safety under the spotlight

Date: Aug 14, 2014

When the public eat out at a restaurant or a cafe, there is a level of expectation that the people cooking the food are adhering to basic safety standards and policies.

However, not all eateries play by the rules, so the NSW Food Authority has released a video promoting the new ‘Scores on Doors’ program recently taken up in the Bega Valley. The program was established by the authority to reduce foodborne illnesses in NSW and is part of a wider range of initiatives to improve food safety across the state.

Businesses participating in the ‘Scores on Doors’ program are assessed against a food safety checklist. Premises are then assigned a star rating reflecting their performance – five stars for excellent compliance, four for very good and three for good.

The result is then displayed on the front door or window of the restaurant or cafe.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor Cr Bill Taylor explained that this program offers transparency to both businesses in the region as well as customers and potential customers.

“The scoring system is based upon the inspections that are already conducted by council’s Environmental Health Officers,” he said.

“This rewards businesses that do the right thing, and encourages others to aspire to do the same. I applaud those businesses that have already signed up and encourage those who haven’t yet to get on board.”

In fact, 32 councils across the state are participating in the program and more are expected to join in the coming months. So far in the Bega Valley region, 30 out of 250 eligible food businesses have made the commitment to higher standards.

NSW Food Authority’s Director of Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement Peter Day said the video available on Facebook highlights that food safety is as important as tasty food.

“It explains how the ‘Score on the Door’ takes the guess work out of what’s really going on behind the scenes of your local café, take away or restaurant,” he said.

Compensation in NSW

If you become sick or ill from eating a food premises, and you believe that the restaurant or cafe was responsible, you may be eligible to make a public liability injury claim.

To support your claim, you must have evidence that employees or the owner neglected their duty of care responsibility.

For assistance in making a public liability injury claim, contact a compensation lawyer at Gerard Malouf Partners today.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts or email your enquiry.