Schools told to improve food hygiene

Eyemouth Primary School
Eyemouth Primary School

Three school kitchens in Berwickshire have been told they need to raise their standards by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

According to statistics released earlier this week Scottish schools have been instructed to improve their food hygiene standards 83 times in the past five years.

Those schools issued with ‘improvement required’ notices from the FSA include Coldingham, Eccles and Eyemouth.

The FSA figures identified the Borders as one of the worst offending areas for poor standards in school kitchens along with Glasgow and the Highlands.

The Scottish Conservatives have called for better standards with Tory education spokesperson saying it was “simply shocking” that school children across the country had been served food from kitchens that failed standard hygiene laws.

Responding to the report, a spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said the issues identified with the three Berwickshire schools weren’t major and action had since been taken to address them.

They commented: “The cleanliness of kitchens across our schools is an absolute priority for the council.

The comment continued: “Three of our primary schools have received ‘improvement required’ certificates over the past three-and-a-half years for minor matters, which required attention.

“These issues were not such that they warranted formal intervention under Food Safety legislation but we worked quickly to address them.

“Any recommendations for improvement are taken very seriously.”

The number of ‘improvement required’ notices issued by the FSA increased from four in 2009 to 28 in 2012. There were23 handed out last year.