Food business “traffic lights” rating introduced

By on 20/04/2010 in News

A new “traffic light” system for caterers, cafes and restaurants similar to the nutritional value ratings on food packaging is being launched by Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Primary Care Trusts.

The Birmingham Healthy Choices Award scheme is intended to encourage businesses to consider the nutritional content of the meals that they offer to the public, as well as providing assurances for customers that the food choices that they are making are healthy.

The new award will run in parallel with the existing “H for Hygiene” award, enabling customers in Birmingham to make an informed decision about how clean an establishment is, as well as how healthy the food is.

The scheme has been created as a partnership from the Food Safety Team at Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham East and North, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust and South Birmingham Primary Care Trust.

Local catering businesses and pupils from local schools will officially launch the scheme on Thursday, 22nd April at Aston Villa Football Club.

Earlier on in the day, Year 9 pupils at Stockland Green School will also compete in the Final of the Healthy Tums in Brum competition, where groups of pupils are given a 90 minute challenge to prepare a nutritious two course meal and a drink. Pupils will also be judged on their food handling and hygiene skills while preparing the meal.

Jacqui Kennedy OBE, Director of Regulatory Services at Birmingham City Council, said:

“Customers are increasingly health conscious, and they want to know what is in the food they eat. It is easy to make informed decisions in the supermarket as the nutritional content on food packaging is prominently displayed. We are hoping that the Healthy Choices scheme will be the start of bringing those same values to the catering and restaurant industry.”


For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007

Note to Editors

Now in its 4th year, the Healthy Tums in Brum competition is supported by NHS Birmingham East and North and Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust.

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