| Azaraimy HH |
THIRTY-seven restaurants in the Tutong District yesterday received their grading in acknowledgement of their good display of standards, out of the 70 restaurants examined.
Of the 36 restaurants, two were given Grade A status, 15 were given Grade B status and 19 were given Grade C.
Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Hj Ismail bin Hj Abd Manaf yesterday awarded grading certificates to the recipients during a ceremony held at the official residence of the Tutong District Officer Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali.
The panel inspectors ran their restaurant examinations from April 14 to 19. The panel comprised inspectors from the Tutong District Office; Department of Health; Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation; representatives from the private sector and members of the public.
According to the Tutong District Officer, grading was based on food safety (80 per cent of total mark); furnishing (six per cent); comfort (nine per cent) and services (five per cent).
The aim of the grading is to ensure safe and quality food is being produced by eateries. The grading is done twice to ensure restaurant owners gain an understanding on the improvements needed.
Grade A was awarded to premises that achieved 91 per cent – 100 per cent mark, Grade B from 81 per cent to 90 per cent mark, Grade C from 71 per cent to 80 per cent mark, and Grade D for those below the 70 per cent mark.
Food premises that attain Grade D are not awarded certification. If the percentage falls between 51 and 65 per cent, the owner will be called for a counseling session and then given a period of time to meet the satisfactory level of 71 per cent and above.
If the eatery falls below 50 per cent, it would be ordered shut for a three month period and further inspections would follow. When the eatery meets the satisfactory level, it will be allowed to resume operations.
In 2011, a total of 35 food premises were evaluated. One achieved Grade A, two achieved Grade B, 12 achieved Grade C. The rest received a Grade D.
The following year, 23 premises were evaluated. One received Grade A, three got Grade B and three others received Grade C. The rest received Grade D.