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Poll reveals locals want food hygiene posters to be seen at all times

The results are in about food hygiene…

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Of more than six hundred West Sussex residents, 98% felt that it should be compulsory for businesses to display food hygiene ratings.

These are the results of a poll by West Sussex Trading Standards.

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It also showed that 41% would not eat at a business that does not display their rating voluntarily and 57% would only buy from a business rated 4 (Good) or 5 (Very Good).

Ratings range from 0 (Urgent Improvement Required) to 5 (Very Good) and are typically given to places where food is supplied.

The results of the poll will be used to influence local food businesses and encourage them to improve their rating.

It is currently voluntary in England for food businesses including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels and supermarkets to display their hygiene rating.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“These results are incredibly interesting and show just how important food hygiene ratings are to West Sussex consumers.

“It clearly shows the standards expected of food businesses and will hopefully encourage those who fall short of the higher ratings to book a place on one of our courses and learn how to improve.”

Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“These results show it makes commercial sense for local food businesses, not only to secure a high food hygiene rating but also to ensure it is prominently displayed.

“If they are struggling to reach the criteria, I would strongly encourage booking a place on one of our business support courses to help them secure the custom of West Sussex residents.”

Trading Standards run Gain and Maintain a 5-star rating workshop in partnership with Horsham District Council Environmental Health Officers to help food businesses improve their hygiene ratings.

Also included is the training and materials a food business needs to implement a robust allergens control management system – on average over 10 people a year die from anaphylaxis due to consuming an undeclared food allergen at a catering business.

The next course is taking place on Friday 12 October from 10am to 1pm at Centenary House, Worthing.

Places can be booked here.

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Crawley health clinic offers free classes for National Fitness Day

The Crawley based clinic will give locals the chance to try one of their new ‘Bridgefit’ classes.

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A local movement rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic is getting involved in an event which thousands across the country will be participating in – National Fitness Day.

Taking place on 26 September, National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in helping to lead healthier and active lifestyles.

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National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

Bridgeham Clinic is challenging Crawley residents to improve their fitness with a new style of class.

“We are holding FREE 15-minute ‘taster’ Bridgefit classes on the 26th of September from 11.00am to 12.45pm. Come and see what it is all about and whether you are brave enough to sign up!”

What is Bridgefit?

Bridgefit is a fast-paced workout with a cardio element combined with the techniques of Pilates, but with a Bootcamp edge.

Regular classes will usually last 40 minutes to make it possible for those who work to fit a class in to their lunch break.

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For those who want even more of a challenge, they can try a free taster Bridgefit ‘Circuit class’ between 1.00pm and 2.30pm on the 26th September. Bridgefit circuits provide a great workout using the Pilates machines to hone and tone your body.

Call Bridgeham on 01293 542245 to book your place on either or both classes.

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