Improving food hygiene standards in Hackney s cafe, restaurants and takeaways in run up to 2012

Hackney s takeaways, cafes and restaurants who need help to improve hygiene standards will benefit from an innovative scheme starting this month.

The three-step Safer Food Better Business scheme is being delivered in Hackney during the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to help all hot food outlets to become better caterers.

Over 200 of Hackneys takeaways, cafes and restaurants have been invited to take part in the scheme which will involve free workshops and one to one coaching.

Hackney s Environmental Health team will be working with Newham s Healthworks group who are co-ordinating this project to help businesses which need to comply with food hygiene regulations.

The business that attend the workshops will receive advice and training covering everything from storing food correctly to avoid contamination and ensuring meals are served at the right temperatures.

They will also receive a free Safer Food Better Business pack which will contain a practical guide to raising food safety standards. Hackney s businesses will receive one to one coaching at their business and will also receive a free evaluation by environmental health offices after they have completed their training.

The Safer Food Better Business scheme is sponsored by the Food Standards Agency. The scheme will take place over the next two years, there will be no fewer than 60 workshops, and on average there will be three workshops each month.

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It’s very important that food hygiene standards are raised to a higher level in the run-up to the 2012 Games and beyond. This scheme will provide a lot of support for our smallest food business which will help them reach these standards and so increase their number of satisfied customers and enable them to make the most of the opportunities for growth that will be available as a result of the Games.”

For more details, contact Emma Britton, Interim Media Manager, Hackney Council, 020 8356 2869 or