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Bexley rises above national average for food safety

PUBLISHED: 10:58 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 25 September 2015

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Food standards have risen by nearly 30 per cent in the past two years

Over 500 food premises in Bexley were given a five star food-safety rating, giving the borough a 94 per cent compliance rate with the Food Safety Authority.

In 2013 Bexley had one of the highest averages for low or no scores on the Food Hygiene Rating Score in London.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske responded to the low rating score saying:

“The ‘Which? Report’ was a surprise to us, although we maintain that our position was largely to do with the different timings and methods that individual councils use.”

The dramatic turnaround has seen the borough now have one of the highest ratings in the country, with close to 100 per cent complying with the FHRS score of three or above.

Cllr Craske said: “We changed our methods and are tougher than ever before. New ways of working have included a huge rise in enforcement notices and use of surveillance and sampling.”

“Through hard work we have upped our scores and hope that residents and visitors have confidence when they choose a FSA compliant business to buy their food.”

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