15 Dec, 2020 @ 15:00
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BE SAFE: Bars and restaurants in Valencia to be marked on food hygiene

Points Based System To Analyse Food Safety At Bars And Restaurants

RESTAURANTS and bars throughout the Valencian Community will be awarded points according to their food safety standards, with the results to be made available to the public.

The move, encouraged by the EU, was announced by the regional Public Health department on Monday (December 14) and is aimed at helping customers make an informed decision about where to eat.

Conservation and manipulation of foodstuffs, cross-contamination, cleanliness and pest control will be among the main areas targeted by inspectors, outlining each establishment’s level of compliance with official European health and safety laws.   

Points Based System To Analyse Food Safety At Bars And Restaurants
Cleanliness and hygiene will be given points

Negative points will be awarded for each instance of non-compliance according to severity, resulting in a general qualification of ‘favourable’, ‘favourable with conditions’ or ‘unfavourable’.

These results will then be made available to potential customers in a way that is easy to understand.

With this announcement, Valencia has become one of the first regions in Spain to apply the qualification programme. It has been welcomed by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), who have been campaigning for its implementation since 2018.

According to the OCU, similar systems have already been launched in the UK, France and Denmark, with slight variations – while the UK uses numbers 1 to 5, Denmark relies on emojis ranging from a smiley face to an angry one.

Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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