Food safety in Scotland has achieved a new landmark with the presentation of the Food Standards Agency’s 1,000th Eat Safe award.
Craig Tara Holiday Park, near Ayr, has become the 1,000th establishment in Scotland to receive the prestigious award, which recognises excellence in food hygiene and food safety management.
Five of the park’s eateries were awarded an Eat Safe award at the same time, marking an outstanding achievement for the food hygiene team at the park.
Eat Safe Awards are judged on the basis of a catering establishment’s food hygiene and food safety management. Food outlets are only given an Eat Safe award if they clearly show that their standards are above and beyond those that are required by law.
Charles Milne, Director of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland, who presented the awards to Craig Tara staff, commented: ‘I am delighted that Craig Tara has helped us reach this landmark. Eat Safe awards are only granted to premises that demonstrate the highest levels of food safety and hygiene. It is reassuring that more and more catering establishments recognise how much consumers care about food hygiene and are making this a top priority.’
The Eat Safe scheme, launched in Scotland in 2005, is operated by the FSA in Scotland in partnership with local authorities.
Food businesses are assessed for the award during scheduled food hygiene inspections carried out by local authority environmental health teams. If successful, the awards are reviewed at every subsequent visit to ensure standards are maintained.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “Tourism is very important to South Ayrshire and Craig Tara Holiday Park attracts people from across South Ayrshire, Scotland and the UK. It is good to know that all of the park’s eateries have been awarded an Eat Safe award and they are offering a wide range of food to suit all tastes.”
A wide range of food outlets at holiday destinations across Scotland have already achieved the accolade, including establishments in the islands of Shetland, Mull, Arran, Bute, Coll, Tiree and Gigha – and the CalMac ferries operating on routes from Oban.
The FSA in Scotland and local authorities also operate the more widespread Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS), which currently covers more than 33,000 establishments.
The FHIS is designed to give straightforward information about how each food outlet fared at its last food hygiene inspection carried out by its local authority. It effectively ‘opens the door’ to kitchen and food areas, increasing consumer confidence and helping people make informed choices about where they eat or buy food.
Each outlet is asked to display an FHIS certificate on the door or window of its premises, saying whether it has passed its hygiene inspection or whether improvement is required.