TGI Friday’s achieves top scores for hygiene

TGI FridaysBar and restaurant group TGI Friday’s is celebrating after gaining a perfect rating of five points in the National Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme across all 60 of its UK sites.

Announcing the achievement, the operator pointed out that the ratings placed all of Friday’s venues “significantly higher” than renowned London restaurants including The Ivy, Nobu and Claridges.

The scheme, run by the Food Standards Association (FSA), rates all restaurants from zero to five for their food hygiene practices. Friday’s was praised for an internal audit process that exceeds the standards set for a top rating by the FSA.

Melissa Paradiso, brand protection support manager at TGI Friday’s UK, said: “Consumers are increasingly taking hygiene into consideration when making their restaurant choices. It doesn’t matter how good the food and drink may be – having perfect hygiene is an absolute basic which every restaurant should have as a core principle.

“Despite us expecting nothing less, we are still delighted to have achieved the great accolade of having all our restaurants receive the top grade achievable in the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

“It is part of a wider journey to nothing but excellence in all areas of the business at Friday’s which is something our ever-increasing numbers of guests expect.”

Under the scheme, food safety officers visit businesses to check they meet the requirements of food hygiene law. Scores are calculated based upon a national code of practice.

Factors taken into account include how hygienically food is handled, prepared, cooked and stored, the condition and structure of the building such as its cleanliness, lighting and ventilation, and how the business manages and records its food hygiene processes.

Friday’s said the accolade came from “a solid and continual investment in new systems and building maintenance”, backed by “a strong focus on training team members in the best hygiene practices”.

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