Welwyn Hatfield’s first food business seminar to tackle poor hygiene ratings

PUBLISHED: 12:47 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 01 March 2017

Councillor Bernard Sarson with council officers at the food hygiene seminar in Welwyn Garden City.

Councillor Bernard Sarson with council officers at the food hygiene seminar in Welwyn Garden City.


Welwyn Hatfield Council held its first food business seminar, aimed specifically at businesses in the borough with a food hygiene rating scheme score of 0 (urgent improvement necessary) or 1 (major improvement necessary).

The seminar was held at the council offices on Monday.

All Welwyn Hatfield food businesses with a rating of 0 or 1 were invited to attend the seminar, with food officers there to provide practical support on topics including cleaning, structural requirements and food safety records.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for public health, said: “Out of the 975 food businesses in the borough, it’s only a small number that have scores below the satisfactory level of three.

“It’s important we work with these businesses to ensure they have a range of support in place to enable them to raise their score to 3, 4 or 5.

“A good food hygiene score is something for a business to be proud of, so I would encourage any businesses struggling to get in touch.”

“I would also encourage residents when eating out to check the outlet’s food hygiene rating.”

All businesses that participated will be evaluated at their next inspections, to see whether they have been able to apply the information provided at the seminar to improve standards.

Following the positive feedback received from attendees, more seminars are planned for later on in the year.

Businesses can visit www.welhat.gov.uk/FoodSafety for more information. To check the food hygiene rating of local food businesses, visit www.food.gov.uk

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