New App To Drive Up Food Hygiene Standards
Get 'Scores on the Doors' while on the move
A new iphone 'app' revealing the 'Scores on the Doors' hygiene star rating of restaurants and other food premises in Brentford and Chiswick has just been launched.
The borough has been operating the nationally-known Scores on the Doors rating scheme for the past year, with food businesses being awarded up to five stars for the cleanliness of their premises. There are currently 1045 local businesses in the database which can be viewed at www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/hounslow
Now iPhone users can now download the Scores on the Doors app for free from iTunes to find the star rating for any restaurant, takeaway or retailer. The app, which covers participating London Boroughs and other UK locations, can be downloaded from the appstore by searching for "Food Hygiene".
For those without an iPhone, the WAP browser on most mobiles can also access the information at www.sotd.tv. Or you can send a text message with the name of a business, followed by the town or area to 60060. You will then be sent a text (at a cost of 50p, plus the normal network charge) showing the star rating. Online results are also available at www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk
Steve Miller, Chair of the Association of London Environmental Health Managers said, "I welcome this example of London borough environmental health staff working together with Transparency Data to inform consumers about the standard of food safety attained by businesses.
"Access to safe food is essential in order to protect the public health of residents and the millions of people who work or visit the capital each year. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games are fast approaching and they are bringing with them a worldwide focus on the capital. Introducing the initiative now will help raise the awareness of businesses and their responsibilities, and by making the information easily available to customers, we encourage them to use it when they make decisions about where they eat."
Find out more about the scheme at www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk
July 27, 2010