By NICOLE VALICEK
PROVIDORABLE fine food and gifts in Williamstown was announced as one of five Hobsons Bay’s Food Safety Award winners.
Shop owner Kelly Lewis said she was proud to receive the award last week.
“It makes me want to strive harder to keep the business becoming more successful and make it grow every year,” she said.
“Hygiene and food safety is very important to me in every restaurant. To have a shop win an award in this category makes everything you do and all the hard work you put in everyday worthwhile.”
Other award winners included:
* Baby Bells Child Care Centre, Altona Meadows – Day Care Centre.
* UCAN Cafe Altona North, Altona North – Cafe.
* Zero Lam, Altona Meadows – Domestic Kitchen/Mobile Food.
* Williamstown Primary School Canteen, Williamstown – School Canteen.
Hobsons Bay City Council mayor Sandra Wilson congratulated all five winners and the 238 recipients of In the Running certificates.
“Food Safety is taken seriously at Hobsons Bay and we think it is important to reward and promote excellence in performance standards,” said Cr Wilson.
“With Hobsons Bay home to so many food businesses, the council works very closely with all of them to ensure that compliance with food safety standards is taken very seriously.”
The council’s public health unit assesses food operators against the Australian Food Standards.
Those that receive a good score put themselves in the running for the awards.
The five winners of the 10th annual food safety awards all received near perfect scores.
In the 2013 registration year there were 238 In the Running recipients.
As a reward for their efforts, the winners receive complimentary food premises registration for the next registration year, and promotion on the Hobsons Bay website and social media and within local media.
Cr Wilson said it was great to see businesses recognised for their high standards.
“Business owners and operators and their employees work hard to create the vibrancy and vitality of our hospitality industry, an important part of the city’s identity and local economy.”