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Councillor Bassam Mahfouz presenting trophy to Boof restaurant owner

Ealing business wins a food safety award

An Ealing business has been recognised for their significant improvement in food safety and hygiene standards by Ealing Council’s food safety team.

Boof Restaurant, an Iranian restaurant in New Broadway, Ealing, has been awarded a High Five award. The High Five award has been created by the council to recognise local businesses who were found to be not fully compliant with food safety and hygiene standards and have significantly improved them.

The popular restaurant was presented with their trophy earlier this week by Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes.

“The wake-up call I needed”

In September 2022, the restaurant was given a food hygiene rating of one (major improvement necessary) by the council’s food safety team. Food hygiene inspections focus on three main areas, which are: hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, and management of food safety.

Mohammad Reza, the restaurant owner said the inspection was the wake-up call he needed and, after two months of refurbishment work, training staff and improving other food hygiene practices, the restaurant was given a food hygiene rating of five (very good) in January 2023.

Mr Reza said: “It is important to us that we have a good food hygiene rating as we want to keep our customers safe and happy, so that they have food they can trust. With the support of Ealing Council, we have made significant changes and are proud of what we achieved – our score of five.”

Take Boof as an example

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “Big congratulations to Boof Restaurant. This award recognises the hard work that the restaurant put in to improve their food hygiene rating from one to five.

“Our food safety team do a fantastic job protecting residents and supporting businesses to ensure that the standards that our residents expect when eating out and ordering in are met. When those standards are not met, they are on hand to give advice, as has been the case here. It’s great to see businesses turn it around and I’d encourage all food establishments in the borough to take this as an example and opportunity to hit those high standards, that our residents rightly expect.”

For more information on food safety, visit the council website.

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