City will soon see scores on doors

FOODIES should keep watch for new cleanliness ratings in the windows of their favourite Griffith restaurants as a food safety initiative gets revitalised.

A new version of the voluntary "Scores on Doors" program, which displays a star rating system based on routine unannounced inspections of food businesses, will be rolled out this year.

The system is designed to give diners the power to make an informed decision about the food they eat but local caf owners thought it lacked appeal.

Ulong Street's Caf Deli owner Mark Valenti was one of Griffith's earliest adopters and was awarded five stars in 2011, but he has since pulled out.

"I don't think it did much for us because I don't think people really look at a certificate on a door before deciding whether to come in or not," Mr Valenti said.

"Word of mouth from running a good business is much more important than a sticker on a door.

"It served a purpose for a while but people lost interest in it."

Improvements to the state government initiative include instant assessment for businesses, an easier application process and easier to read certificates.

Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli hoped the revitalised program would get more businesses involved.

"Griffith City and Murrumbidgee Shire Councils have successfully promoted this program with participating businesses and customers reaping the benefits," Mr Piccoli said .

"Now is the time for those businesses who have not taken part previously to get on board.

"Joining the Scores on Doors represents a great opportunity for all food retail businesses in the area to collectively promote their high level of food safety compliance to locals and visitors alike."

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