Dunedin diners can eat out with confidence knowing the number
of food premises with an A-grade rating is higher than ever.
As of last week there were 456 restaurants, cafes, dairies,
tearooms or other places where food is served or stored with
an A rating from the Dunedin City Council.
The number of food premises with a D-grade rating has also
improved from 23 in 2009 to only one so far this year.
Dunedin City Council senior environmental health officer
Wayne Boss said the council worked with food premises to make
sure they kept up to standard.
Council staff inspected food premises once a year or any time
there was a change of ownership.
When a food outlet received a D rating it was given 72 hours
to comply with guidelines before council staff reinspected,
Mr Boss said.
A D grade could be issued if there were concerns with
cleaning, poor maintenance or staff training. Premises were
usually allowed to continue operating if the problems were
minor, he said.
If a D grade had been issued because of serious public health
concerns or there was a vermin infestation, the business
would be immediately shut down until the problem was fixed.
There were no extra penalties for a business which received a
second D rating.
If problems continued the council would consider addressing
them, but it rarely happened, Mr Boss said.
The better the grade a food outlet received, the less it cost
in registration fees.
Dunedin food grade totals since 2009
2009: A: 270 B: 264 C: 77 D: 23
2010: A: 350 B: 190 C: 43 D: 10
2011: A: 400 B: 187 C: 47 D: 6
2012: A: 409 B: 195 C: 33 D: 8
2013: A: 456 B: 169 C: 30 D: 1
Source: Dunedin City Council
- Tim Miller