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Scilly up to date with food hygiene ratings

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is up to date with food safety inspections for the first time in its history.

Every premises that is subject to a Food Hygiene Rating System score has now been assessed and its score published on the Food Standards Agency website.

Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Sandy Campbell said the department is "delighted" to have received confirmation from the FSA that the improvement plan issued in 2013 has been "accepted, closed and signed off".

In his report ahead of February 12th's Full Council meeting, Sandy explained that the FSA audited the Authority's Food Safety Service for the first time in 2013, resulting in an "extremely critical" report.

The improvement plan set out by the FSA prompted the Council to employ its first full-time EHO in 2015 and a further two upon his departure. Between them, the three officers completed the 11 areas outlined in the plan.

Sandy wrote: "The Council’s Environmental Health team is obviously delighted with the outcome of this process. Food safety is important for everyone on the islands and we hope that this positive outcome will help to maintain confidence in the islands’ varied and high quality food establishments."

He added that a "programme of proactive intervention and revisiting is being implemented to further increase food safety and the premises' FHRS scores".

Announcing the news in his Lead Member for Place update, Cllr Steve Sims wrote: "I'm delighted to be able to tell you all that the Food Standards Agency have now closed their audit. The Council has been a very bad place with regard to the FSA in recent years, at one point close to direct intervention. This has now been resolved, another positive tick on the legacy Theo has left us. A big thank you to Theo, Nicola and all the Environmental Health team."


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