12 February 2015
Islanders planning on a romantic meal out on Valentine’s Day are being reminded to use the online Eat Safe ratings available at gov.je to “look before you book” a restaurant.
Over 99 per cent of food outlets in Jersey have achieved 3 stars or higher as their Eat Safe rating, since the scheme was introduced in October 2014 , so there are plenty of places to choose from where hygiene standards are not an issue.
Establishments which are not meeting the grade are easily avoidable as long as you 'look before you book' and factor in Eat Safe as part of your restaurant decision making.
Caroline Maffia, Environmental Health Team Leader said "We all know that organising the perfect date can be a daunting task with lots to consider, including what to wear, what to say and where to choose to eat. We all want to make a good impression and choose the right restaurant on Valentine’s Day.
Jersey has a fantastic array of restaurants to choose from and boasts an impressive portfolio of culinary delights. Eat Safe helps you avoid the 1 per cent of restaurants that have poor or very poor standards of hygiene.
"Germs are invisible and multiply and spread as a result of poor hygiene practices. Don’t let the outcome of your Valentine date be ruined because of cross contamination or insufficient cooking temperatures. It’s quick and easy."
Diners are reminded to keep an eye out for the green Eat Safe logo when out and about. The eye-catching green logos are usually displayed in front windows. If you don’t see a star rating, you could always ask a member of staff.
For the food business owner, Valentine’s Day is good for business. The Environmental Health team have received encouraging feedback from food business owners since its launch in October 2014 who say that Eat Safe has made a positive impact on their business and encouraged more customers through the doors.
Caroline said "We would encourage all restaurants not to put off potential customers by not displaying your sticker in an easily visible location."