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Hygiene honours for Old Orchard Primary School

11 Jan 2018

The Old Orchard Primary School canteen in Blackburn North has been awarded a 5 Star rating for excellence in food safety standards by Council this month.

Whitehorse Councillor Andrew Munroe said the school was assessed under Council’s 5 Star Food Hygiene Assessment (FHA) Reward and Recognition Program, improving the safety of food manufactured, handled, stored and sold in the municipality.

“The students at Old Orchard are lucky to enjoy healthy and delicious food at the canteen. I congratulate the canteen staff on this success, making it two years in a row that they have been given a 5 star rating,” Cr Munroe said.

“It takes dedication and commitment to stay on top of food hygiene and safety and the canteen staff have displayed attention to detail to score this great result.”

Old Orchard Primary School is located on Koonung Road, Blackburn North.

Food businesses achieving a 5 star rating are promoted in Council publications and listed in an annual booklet. They are also eligible for the prestigious Food Premises of the Year Award.

Food Premises of the Year fall under three categories:

  • Class 1 (eg Aged Care, Child Care, Hospitals etc.)
  • Class 2 (eg Restaurant, Cafe, Take-Away, Delicatessen, Bakery, Supermarket)
  • Community Groups (eg School Canteens)

The Food Hygiene Assessment (FHA) and the star rating performance system informs Council, food business proprietors and consumers about the standard of food safety being achieved in the municipality.

Council’s online portal is a user-friendly listing of food premises in Whitehorse and their star ratings, open to the public. To view the new portal, visit ehealth.whitehorse.vic.gov.au

For more information on the FHA, visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/food-hygiene-system.html





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