Council advice service helps new business achieve top marks for food hygiene

3 December 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s GET5 scheme has helped the owner of a new restaurant, Cumin Cottage in Weaverham, to achieve top marks for food hygiene. 

The GET 5 scheme, which stands for Gaining Excellence Together, was developed by the Council’s Food Safety team and helps food businesses achieve and maintain a 5 rating.  For a small charge, food safety officers visit businesses to provide specific tailored advice during a two-hour coaching and follow-up session.

Following an inspection by a food safety officer, businesses are awarded a nationally recognised food hygiene rating which is published on the Food Standards Agency website.  Ratings are between 0 and 5, with 5 being the top score. 

The business also receives a sticker showing their rating which can be displayed at the premises demonstrating to their customers their commitment to food safety.

Under the GET 5 scheme businesses are guided through key requirements, including safe food handling practices, cleaning routines, cooking and cooling procedures, documented food safety management systems nd allergen advice.  The service is available to both new and established businesses.  Officers are available after the visit to answer follow up queries and ensure the business is on the right track to achieve the best rating at their subsequent inspection.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “Setting up and running a food business can be daunting.  There’s a lot to learn and manage to make sure a business complies with the law.  The best food hygiene rating reassures the public that food safety is taken seriously and having a high food hygiene rating is likely to increase footfall and profits.  

“The food safety officers in our Regulatory Services team work hard to keep the public safe through the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.  I’m delighted that the GET 5 is helping food businesses of all sizes across Cheshire West.”

Owner of the Cumin Cottage restaurant in Weaverham, Mr Afruj Chowdhury said: “I would highly recommend the GET 5 service.  I found the food officer very professional and she made everything very simple to understand.  Food hygiene is our number one priority, I’m delighted my business now has the highest achievable rating for our customers.”

To find out more about the GET 5 service visit the Council website and search for GET 5 or book a visit by calling 01244 973708 or emailing: regulatoryservices@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

The GET 5 service is also available for food standards and health & safety advice.


Food Safety Officer, Lucy Atherton with Mr Afruj Chowdhury at Cumin Cottage, Weaverham.

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