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Council responds to poor food hygiene rating

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has said it has "strongly improved" its food hygiene enforcement over the last few months.

The comment followed news that the islands placed in the top 10 of worst performing areas in the country for food hygiene in a study by consumer watchdog Which?

A spokesman for the Authority is quoted by Cornwall Live as saying: "‘The data used is historic. A new environmental health team was formed in October 2017. Since then we have strongly improved our performance to ensure all food businesses, new and established, receive the support and necessary food safety interventions required, providing a high standard of service provision throughout the Isles of Scilly."

Which? looked at data for 390 local authorities, including information from the Local Authority Monitoring System (LAEMS), collected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for 2016/17. The data covers all food businesses, from takeaways, cafés to care homes.

The Isles of Scilly was 385th on the list, making it the fifth worst area behind Birmingham, Hyndburn, Camden and Croydon. Erewash Borough Council in East Derbyshire was the best, followed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in Hampshire.

The study looked at how high and medium risk food businesses keep to hygiene standards, the number of premises which opened but were not visited or given a risk rating, and the number of interventions carried out.

The Isles of Scilly was found to have 145 relevant establishments, 84.1% of which had been rated for risk. 65% of High/Medium risk premises were found to be compliant and 92.1% of planned interventions were achieved.


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