It’s like Australians are marketing food safety: ‘Scores on doors is a fantastic marketing tool’

The New South Wales Food Authority Scores on Doors program (that’s the state that includes Sydney, in Australia) sees shops judged on hygiene and safety.

scores_doors_featureThey then receive a score out of five — five being the best — which is displayed on the shop window.

So far, 40 businesses throughout Wollondilly have signed up including Royal Char-Grill Chickens at The Oaks.

Owner Jim Tzortzis believed the program would help attract customers.

‘‘It’s a no-brainer that the business with a five star safety rating hanging over the front door will be the one most attractive to customers,’’ he said.

‘‘We know how hard we work to have high food hygiene and safety standards and now everyone else does too.’’

Mayor Col Mitchell urged all eligible food businesses in the shire to get on sign up to the program.

‘‘The scoring system is based upon the inspections that are already conducted by council’s environmental health officers,’’ he said.

‘‘This rewards businesses who do the right thing, and encourages others to aspire to do the same.

“The Scores on Doors initiative is a fantastic marketing tool for each of the areas within our shire to promote the standard and quality of the hygiene and food safety of local food businesses.’’