ANGUS food businesses are being offered the chance to take part in an awards scheme that recognises excellence in food hygiene and food safety management.
Businesses which achieve Eat Safe status will join a select group of establishments which have met standards of food hygiene over and above those required by current food hygiene legislation.
The national scheme is administered by the Food Standards Agency and awarded locally by Angus Council.
Eligible establishments are assessed for the Eat Safe Award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections carried out by environmental health officers. Those meeting legal requirements receive a pass award, but to achieve the Eat Safe award they must also show evidence of food hygiene training.
The authority is assisting local businesses to achieve the Eat Safe award by offering a variety of food hygiene courses accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.
More information on the courses and the food hygiene information service in Angus, is at www.angus.gov.uk/atoz/pdfs/elementaryfoodhygieneposter.pdf