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DTL's Derby venue gets top marks for food hygiene

DTL's Derby venue gets top marks for food hygiene

09 November 2018

We’ve received top marks for food hygiene at our Derby training centre.

Inspectors gave our popular canteen and associated facilities five out of five – meaning they are officially “very good” - after looking at how food is handled, the cleanliness of the building and how we manage food safety.

Clearly, the most important message is that the snacks, meals and drinks on offer to visitors, delegates and staff meet the highest hygiene standards. But it’s especially important for us to meet these kinds of standards, as we are an organisation that trains people in health and safety compliance.

We were rated ‘good’ for the cleanliness and condition of our facilities and our building, including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control to enable good food hygiene.

A well run kitchen 

The Derby City Council inspector representing the Government’s Food Standards Agency remarked that it was a “well run kitchen, excellent documentation, extremely clean and tidy”. 

This result has been achieved by hard work to maintain high standards of hygiene and food safety.

Five star rating

The inspector said our hygienic handling of food, including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage, was even better, with a ‘very good’ rating. Also graded ‘very good’ was our management of food safety. That shows we have a system in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat. We had to show evidence that staff know about food safety, and that our food safety officer in Derby has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.

Freshly made food, over pre-manufactured 

Our kitchen is a valued service for delegates undergoing training at the Derby centre. Tracey Simpkin, our cook, said: “The ethos in the kitchen is that wherever possible we cook meals from fresh in preference to buying in pre-manufactured food.” 

Soups are freshly made each day along with quiches and popular puddings such as lemon sponge and bread and butter pudding. There is a different meat option daily with varying accompaniments, which means anyone training with DTL for a few days or more should experience a varied menu. The kitchen provides brown and whole meal bread, wild rice and similar food for a healthy and balanced menu.

Catering for all dietary preferences 

There is a different vegetarian dish every day as well as baked potatoes and fresh salad. There are options for customers with allergies or intolerances, as well as for vegans and others with dietary preferences. 

Tracey added: “We are a small team so it is always helpful to know if someone has a particular need, and with more notice we can plan varied menus.  People really appreciate us going the extra mile to try and meet their needs, and they are delighted that we provide more than just the usual options you might expect to find elsewhere”.

All lunches at Derby are included within the cost of relevant events. In addition, for early birds and those travelling in from home, there is a chargeable breakfast menu from around 7.45am. For more information, contact the kitchen.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, run by the Government’s Food Standards Agency, is designed to help people choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving clear information about businesses’ hygiene standards. It is run in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection.

This includes

  • handling of food
  • how food is stored
  • how food is prepared
  • cleanliness of facilities
  • how food safety is managed

It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times. Although the scheme is set out in law, the familiar Food Hygiene Scheme stickers are displayed by businesses voluntarily.

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