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Cllr Brett congratulates the owner of Samrat Indian Cuisine

High five for food safety

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

Samrat Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine in Pitshanger Lane has been awarded a High Five award. The award was created by the council to recognise local businesses who were found to be not fully compliant with food safety and hygiene standards but have now significantly improved them.

Since receiving a 1* rating following a routine inspection in January 2023, the restaurant has worked closely with food safety officers to improve their standards and rating, resulting in them receiving a 5* rating following an inspection in May 2023.

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

Food hygiene inspections focus on 3 main areas: hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, and management of food safety.

‘We really wanted to get the rating back up’

Restaurant owner, Shafrul Islam, said: “We are lucky to have so many local customers – some have been coming to our restaurant for 40 years. It was disappointing, and we really wanted to get the rating back up for our customers. With the support of Ealing Council, we have made significant changes and are proud to say we have achieved the top rating in the food hygiene rating scheme.”

Councillor Brett said: “Huge congratulations to Samrat restaurant. This award recognises the hard work that the restaurant has put in to improve their food hygiene rating from 1 to 5.

“Our food safety team works hard to protect residents and support businesses to ensure food safety standards remain high so residents can eat out or order in with confidence. It’s great to see the restaurant taking on board our advice and using our support to help them raise their standards.”

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

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