Food businesses urged to sign up for award

ANGUS food businesses are being offered an opportunity to boost their reputation through a prestigious awards scheme.

The Eat Safe award recognises excellence in food hygiene and food safety management.

Businesses who achieve Eat Safe status join a select group of establishments which have met standards of food hygiene over and above those required by current food hygiene legislation.

The national scheme is administered by the Food Standards Agency and awarded locally by Angus Council. Eligible establishments are assessed for the Eat Safe Award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections carried out by environmental health officers.

Those businesses who meet legal requirements receive a pass award, but to achieve the Eat Safe award they must also show evidence of food hygiene training.

The council’s spokesman on environmental health issues Councillor David May said: “The Eat Safe award is a powerful marketing tool as all award holders are listed on the Food Standards Agency website, and council websites.

“This enables customers to check their standards before they eat or book their holiday, promoting Angus businesses at home and further afield.”

As part of the council’s commitment to assist local businesses in achieving the Eat Safe award, the environmental health service offers a variety of food hygiene courses accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.

For information on the courses available, and the food hygiene information service in Angus, visit