D&G Council puts food hygiene scheme on the map

D&G Council puts food hygiene scheme on the map

The Mill, Kirkpatrick Fleming is one of the first to receive a Pass Certificate as the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) is launched in Dumfries and Galloway.

The scheme, endorsed by the Food Standards Agency (Scotland) was launched on Tuesday last week, and will give lovers of good quality fare information about how well local food retailers and caterers are performing and help customers make more informed choices about where to eat or buy food. The scheme will launch with around 150 businesses and, in future, will include all eateries in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) is a 2-tier system of statutory inspection by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Food Safety Team, which issues a certificate recording either a ‘Pass’ or ‘Improvement Required’. It isn’t compulsory to display the certificate but the results of the inspections of the premises involved in the launch of the scheme are publicly available on the Food Standards Agency website.

The aim of the scheme is to enable consumers to make informed choices about which businesses they want to support, and to increase hygiene standards by publicising those businesses adopting the scheme.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will be the 31st local authority to launch the FHIS, which operates in partnership between Scottish local authorities and the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

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