Food hygiene app demonstrates local success

6 March 2015

A Peterborough takeaway owner is encouraging residents to use the council's My Peterborough app to check food hygiene scores after securing the highest rating possible.

Mr Nashaqat Ali, an owner of Hot Pot Take-Away on Lincoln Road, Millfield, has worked with Peterborough City Council to improve his business's rating over the past two years. Having now secured the coveted five out of five score he wants more residents to use the council's smartphone app when deciding where to eat in the city.

Over 80 per cent of local food businesses score four or five when rated for their food hygiene. The council wants to ensure residents and visitors to Peterborough have all the information they need to make an informed decision where to eat in the city. The My Peterborough app, a smartphone application that puts people in contact with the council, now features local food hygiene scores.

Mr Ali of Hot Pot Take-Away has worked with food hygiene and safety officers at the council to improve his takeaway's hygiene, recognising what a top score can do for business. He said: "I was very pleased to work with Peterborough City Council to improve our rating and I am proud our work has been recognised. We have always taken food hygiene very seriously and am looking forward to seeing more people come and try our delicious food."

Andrea Faber, of Peterborough City Council's food health and safety team said: "We have been working with Hot Pot Take-Away and other food businesses in our Operation CanDo area to demonstrate how high hygiene scores can be good for business. Mr Ali took a very proactive approach to working with our team and I know he is rightly proud of his top score.

"Using the My Peterborough app makes it easy for residents to check how safely a takeaway or meal in a restaurant is prepared. I encourage other local businesses to get involved, work with us to improve their scores and hopefully see an increase in sales as a result."

Peterborough City Council visits about 1,000 local food businesses each year. Over 80 per cent of food businesses that are inspected and receive a food hygiene rating have achieved a score of 4 - Good or 5 - Very Good (5 being the top rating that can be awarded).

Food businesses can choose whether to display their food hygiene rating sticker or not, however the information is publicly available as all food hygiene ratings are displayed on the My Peterborough app.

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