Hopes for better quality foods as Eat Safe kicks in
WITH the rollout of the Eat Safe program well under way, Bundaberg Regional Council is anticipating marked improvements in food safety compliance throughout the region.
Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said the program was modelled on Brisbane City Council's Eat Safe program and the council was hopeful the Bundaberg region would follow in its footsteps.
"During the introductory period of the program Brisbane City Council had very similar numbers to us with 40 per cent of businesses rating two stars or less compared to our 42 per cent," Cr Honor said.
"Within 12 months Brisbane City Council was able to assist food businesses, through the Eat Safe program, to see just 12 per cent scoring two stars or less.
"Four years in to their program and Brisbane City Council can now boast that 91.5 per cent of eateries in their area are rated three stars or above."
Cr Honor said these phenomenal results could be attributed to the Eat Safe program and was the catalyst for Bundaberg Regional Council jumping on board.
"It's important for everyone to remember that these food safety inspections occur anyway but previously have been based on an enforcement and penalty system.
"Now we've turned the tables to offer incentives for those businesses doing the right thing and to ensure they are more accountable to their customers.
"While eateries can choose to participate and display their five star rating, it gives customers the opportunity to question those businesses who do not have a star rating displayed."
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