Recommending diners check the food safety of a premises when
deciding where to eat is a different approach to publicising
the gradings, the Restaurant Association of New Zealand says.
''Is that going to be the new trend, that you check out the
grading before you decide where to go,'' association chief
executive Marisa Bidois, of Auckland, asked.
''We'll see if it catches on.''
Ms Bidois was commenting about the promotion of the
Queenstown Lakes District Council's new online database which
grades more than 350 restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaway
Grades A for ''excellent'' through to D for ''unacceptable''
rate the personal hygiene practices of staff, temperature
control, food protection, cleaning and sanitising, structural
aspects of the premises and staff training.
The grades will be updated at the beginning of every week.
Premises which have recently opened, or have had a change of
operator, may be graded ''P'', meaning they are awaiting
Regulatory manager Lee Webster said by publicising the
gradings, the council hoped people would use the information
to make more informed choices about where to dine, or buy
Ms Bidois said food safety gradings had always been
accessible to people interested and the latest results
revealed ''a good standard'' for the district.
The gradings are on the council's website under the ''I Want