Murrumbidgee Council joins Scores on Doors hygiene program

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae has announced residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements through the Scores on Doors program.

Cr McRae said Murrumbidgee Council is the latest council to join the state wide Scores on Doors program, which aims to improve food safety standards and to reduce the instance of foodborne illness in the retail food industry.

“Scores on Doors offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to show customers just how seriously they take food hygiene and the results they have achieved by displaying a rating certificate on their door,” Cr McRae said.

“The certificates reflect the result of a regular hygiene and food safety inspection. This means that what was previously only known to inspectors is now available to diners.

“Residents, visitors and workers in Murrumbidgee Council area demand a high level of food safety at the places they eat at every day.

“Scores on Doors gives customers an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen and out the back at your favourite restaurant, café or takeaway outlet.

“If you see an eatery displaying the purple and green Scores on Doors poster, then you can dine there safely in the knowledge it has met minimum hygiene and food safety standards during the last food inspection”.

The rating system of Excellent (5 stars), Very Good (4 stars) and Good (3 stars), all represent various levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code.

Council officers inspect businesses and rate their hygiene and food safety standards. The rating includes such things as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitation and pest control.

Scores on Doors also creates greater consistency in food hygiene inspections around NSW as councils use standardised inspection checklists. It also gives greater visibility and transparency of compliance by food businesses.

“Murrumbidgee Council is proud to be a part of the program and to do our part to reduce illness from food and ensure residents and visitors can enjoy their meals safely,” said Cr McRae.

For more information visit Murrumbidgee Council’s website or www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/scoresondoors.