A new scheme has been launched in Fareham and Gosport to reward food businesses for providing their customers with healthier eating choices.
The 'Eat Out, Eat Well' scheme aims to help food businesses make small changes to the menu such as reducing the fat, sugar and salt levels of dishes and offering other healthy options. This will mean consumers can opt for healthier choices when buying takeaways or eating out at cafés, sandwich shops and restaurants.
Executive Member for Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: "According to the UK Food Standards Agency, one in six meals are now consumed outside the home. We have lots of great places to eat in Fareham and the Eat Out, Eat Well scheme is part of a wider approach to help make small changes to people's lifestyles, in order to improve their overall health."
"It's important we work with food providers to encourage them to reduce the fat, salt and sugar levels in the meals they produce, providing the public with much healthier options," added Councillor Graham Burgess, Chairman of the Community Board at Gosport Borough Council. "Once people realise they can still enjoy their favourite meal but without an excess of unhealthy additives, we're sure they will continue to look for healthier options."
Catering businesses in Fareham and Gosport with a food hygiene rating of at least three can sign up to the scheme. They will then be rewarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold award which can be displayed in the window. The award is valid for two years and there is no cost to the business to apply.
If you are a food business and would like to talk about the scheme or find out how to apply for the award please contact the Environmental Health Team on 01329 236100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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