>MONASH Council is recognising local restaurants and cafes that value food safety with a revamped Golden Plate Awards program.
Businesses that score well in impromptu food safety inspections by council will be given a three, four or five-star rating and a corresponding certificate to display, with the highest rating applying to premises with a 93 per cent score or above.
Last financial year, Monash Council received 181 food complaints and conducted 2256 food safety inspections.
Health officers tested 538 food samples, with 90 per cent of samples complying with food standards.
Restaurants, cafes, bakeries, takeaway stores, supermarkets and aged and childcare facilities are eligible for the awards and are automatically assessed as part of normal inspections.
Mayor Greg Male said the awards would help consumers have peace of mind when eating out in Monash.
“Whenever and wherever we eat out, we expect our food to be safe and the places where we eat to be clean and hygienic,” he said.
“There is no problem, but this is a requirement and we are just prompting people to realise that’s what we expect.”
Five-star businesses will be listed in the council’s It’s Your Food newsletter and on the council’s website.