Newton Stewart Hospital scoops Eat Safe award

Newton Stewart Hospital has been recognised for its high standards of food hygiene and cleanliness.

Also scooping an award in the Eat Safe scheme was Stranraer’s Galloway Community Hospital, which will welcome the good publicity this week.

The Food Standards Agency award, delivered through local councils, is designed to promote hygiene awareness within catering preparation areas across Scotland.

The main aim of the initiative, says Dumfries and Galloway Council, is to encourage food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law”.

Eligible establishments are assessed for the award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections, carried out by the council.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of the council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the staff of these hospitals for all their hard work and for their ongoing commitment to food hygiene. In our region 50 premises have obtained this award so far and Environmental Health officers are working with many more in an effort to drive up food standards and protect people living, working and visiting our region.

“In Dumfries and Galloway we are renowned for our quality food and produce, so the more businesses that achieve this accolade the better our international reputation will be. I would urge other food businesses to strive to achieve this award.”

For more information and a full list of all the food businesses that hold the Eat Safe award, visit eatsafe.gov.uk.