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Under-performing food businesses are getting back on track after a hygiene training programme in Lichfield. Lichfield District council offered help to local cafés and restaurants with three or fewer stars in the RateMyPlace food safety inspections. And return visits have revealed that 67 per cent of the companies taking part in the training have boosted their star rating. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said:
“This is a brilliant result, and it is down to the hard work of the team, and the willingness of our local food businesses to commit their time and energy to the training. Knowing how important food hygiene is to everyone who dines out in the district, we hope to build on this success and help even more food businesses to improve their hygiene standards.”
The council was able to go ahead with the training programme after securing more than £36,000 from the Food Standards Agency last year. Around 175 local food businesses signed up to the free training, and were visited by an expert in food safety, who taught them how to improve their food hygiene and safety routines. The council also used Chinese and Bengali speaking coaches to target a number of local Chinese and Asian restaurants, to make sure they were able to take up the training. More information on the ratings given to local restaurants and food businesses, visit

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