Nine of our primary school kitchens have recently achieved a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating from the Food Standards Agency.

These 5 star awards are testament to the high standards and commitment that our kitchen teams demonstrate to cleaning and food hygiene practices. BD Together is committed to ensuring that all our school kitchens exceed standard cleaning practices, making sure that our teams are fully trained, follow the latest guidance and are aware of the importance of food safety and hygiene.

The kitchens were visited by a Local Authority Environmental Health Officer who assessed them against the following criteria:

  • Personal hygiene practices, including ensuring that staff members are following correct hand-washing procedures, and the use of appropriate protective clothing.
  • How food is labelled, including the validity of product/menu descriptions, health claims, and correct allergen labelling.
  • Equipment maintenance, including the cleanliness of appliances, fridge door handles and light switches, etc.
  • Pest control methods and their effectiveness, plus staff knowledge of how to identify and report common pests.
  • The methods used for preventing contamination (physical, chemical, allergenic and microbial).
  • Cleaning techniques and schedules, including the management of hazardous cleaning chemicals, the use of colour-coded equipment and the cleaning schedule.
  • Temperature control when storing, cooking, cooling, freezing and displaying food.
  • The condition of the premises, including the layout, design, construction, cleanliness and size of both permanent and temporary food preparation areas and staff restrooms.
  • The food safety management system, including ensuring that we have an appropriate and documented system in place (such as HACCP), are following its principles effectively and have trained all staff members in food safety practices.

Darren Tranter, MD of BD Together, commented, “I am delighted that nine of our kitchens have recently achieved 5 Star ratings and I know that many more will be awarded the same following their inspections in the coming months. These 5 Star Food Ratings will help give schools and parents additional reassurance that hot school meals are safe during these challenging times.   The teams work exceptionally hard to ensure that not only do the children get healthy, nutritious and tasty school meals, but also that their kitchens are clean and that food safety practices are followed at all times. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Well done to the teams at Hunters Hall Primary School, Trinity School, Rush Green Primary School, Rose Lane Primary School, St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, Village Infant School, Richard Alibon School, Dorothy Barley Junior Academy and Manor Junior School. Keep up the good work!

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