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Food Hygiene Rating - Getting and retaining a “5” starts at the door

Customers are very aware of the Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating, and they are increasingly looking out for a rating of 5, to reassure them that they’ll be eating in a safe environment.

Food safety officers will rate your premises on 3 main areas:

  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

Entrance matting needs to be open structure, for it to effectively prevent dirt & moisture from entering your premises. With the correct matting brushes, the open structure takes dirt & moisture below the top level, so it can’t build up, which makes the matting ineffective, and it can’t be picked up and carried into your premises, on the soles of the next customer shoes. 

Keeping dirt & moisture out of your premises is key to achieving high ratings, so with 85% of dirt & moisture coming in from outside your premises, on the soles of shoes, your first line of defence is your entrance matting.

At GEGGUS, we’ve put together a simple flow to show the impact of ineffective entrance matting within food retail.

Artical written by Justin Errington

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