West Sussex school kitchens get clean bill of health after hygiene inspections

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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FOOD hygiene standards at scores of schools are first class, according to a new report.

Nearly 95 per cent of West Sussex primary schools inspected so far have been handed a food hygiene rating of five out of five.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme found 87 of the 95 primary schools visited in the county to have kitchens with ‘very good’ standards.

The remaining eight received a ‘good’ rating of four out of five.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by local authorities in England with the Food Standards Agency and it shows how closely food hygiene laws are being met.

John Figgins, in charge of school dinners in West Sussex, said: ‘It is fantastic to see our schools achieving such high standards.

‘It means pupils and their parents can be assured that their meals are being served in clean, safe environments. Our school lunches are a healthy and tasty option for children, ensuring they can enjoy a balanced and nutritious meal.’

Environmental health officers inspected how hygienically food was being handled – how it was prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored – as well as the condition of the buildings and how caterers managed and recorded their actions.