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Robert Scott Welcomes LGA Hygiene Score

Announcement The decision that all restaurants and takeaway outlets in England should be made to display their food hygiene scores by law says the Local Government Association (LGA) has been welcomed by cleaning hardware manufacturer Robert Scott.

Drinking Water Delivered

Sustainably In order to ensure its conference services provided were of the highest quality, the University of Leicester sought a system to provide premium filtered drinking water.

Alastair Scott, Sales Director of Robert Scott said: “On one hand, it seems to be something of a no-brainer – why would you not want to advertise the fact that your restaurant has a high level of cleanliness and hygiene standards and, on the other hand, consumers should have easy access to the standards of an establishment they intend to visit.

“The lack of a visible hygiene rating in a business means that customers are left in the dark on official kitchen cleanliness levels when eating or buying food there. As this announcement follows quickly on the heels of the recent disclosures by BBC’s Watchdog programme, which found unacceptable levels of bacteria in some of the country’s leading restaurant chains, it’s again highlighted the need for us, as an industry, to do all we can to help the catering sector fulfil their obligations to the paying public.

“This whole issue should raise the level of concern regarding the cleaning of all food preparation surfaces, floors and dining tables and ensuring that the right products and, training for

After consulting BRITA Vivreau, the university originally installed BRITA Vivreau’s Table Water Bottling System on its main campus. The system provides instant, filtered, chilled and still premium drinking water to hospitality areas served in reusable branded Designer glass bottles, of which BRITA Vivreau supplied 200.

The Table Water Bottling System proved so successful that the university soon purchased another unit, plus 100 extra bottles for Stamford Court, its premier conference centre that boasts eight meeting rooms and can accommodate nearly 300 delegates.

Such was the university’s satisfaction with BRITA Vivreau’s systems, that when they were looking at options for self-service drinking water, they chose to install three mains-fed ViTap units in Stamford Court and the Attenborough Café - a contemporary café bar for students. Sleek and

their use, are used for each potentially hazardous surface area.”

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops.

professional-looking with touch sensor controls, the award-winning ViTaps offer chilled still and sparkling purified drinking water. They also have removable nozzles for improved hygiene.

Clive Williams, Director of Operations for the Leicester Services Partnership, which runs the university’s catering and conference facilities, said: “After BRITA Vivreau installed the first Table Water Bottling System it was obvious that we had found both a partner and a product we could trust, so we purchased an additional unit and three ViTaps. All provide drinking water that looks and tastes fantastic. They have a professional appearance and are easy for our staff, visitors and students to use.

“BRITA Vivreau’s Table Water Bottling System and ViTaps dispense water only when needed and with the use of reusable bottles, eliminates the need for pre-bottled water. This reduces the number of plastic bottles we throw away or recycle, as well as the costs and carbon emissions associated with transporting and storing them. We pass these savings on to our conference clients to give them even more value for money.”

It’s not easy to judge hygiene standards on appearance alone so the rating gives potential customers an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen, or behind closed doors and has been designed to encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards. TOMORROW’S FM | 09

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