Take Out Eat Well Awards presented by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to two Haverhill restaurants
The first Take Out Eat Well Awards in West Suffolk have been claimed by two popular Haverhill businesses.
The awards recognise takeaway food businesses that offer healthier food choices, and are displayed as window stickers, to let customers know.
They have been awarded to Star Express of Queens Street and Chippy’s, in both Strasbourg Square and a mobile food van.
The scheme is run by Public Heath Suffolk and local authority environmental health teams which regulate food businesses. West Suffolk Commercial Environmental Health Team approached several takeaways to trial the new scheme.
Chippy’s owner Glenn Edwards said: "We are one of the longest established fish and chip shops in Suffolk, serving traditional fish and chips since 1955. I started working in my father’s shop when I was 10 years old and we know our customers well.
"Cooked properly, as we do, fish and chips are a nutritious meal, and we always check our customer’s preference before the meal is wrapped.
"Under the scheme, we were assessed for our use of fats, salt, protein, sugar in drinks and how we promote healthier options.
"The award will reassure our customers that we do our best for them and I’m really pleased the shop and van have had their high standards recognised."
Ali Yagir of Star Express said: "Although we are well known for our full English breakfast, our cooking background is Mediterranean, which is perhaps the healthiest cuisine of all.
"We want food to be enjoyed, and we hope the award sticker will give customers reassurance to ask us about their meal they are ordering. We are very happy to match portion size to appetite and tailor to taste."
To receive the award they had to satisfy at least 11 of the 17 key criteria against which they were tested, including menu, cooking processes, ingredients and promotion of healthy options.
Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: "Haverhill is always open to new ideas and I congratulate these two businesses for taking the initiative.
"We know that people’s interest in healthier food options is increasing and that takeaways can make a big difference to people’s health, through the way ingredients are bought, prepared and presented.
"This free scheme aims to offer our local businesses support in making small, healthier option changes at little or no cost that make customers happy. I would encourage other takeaways to see how they could benefit’.
Takeaway businesses interested in joining the scheme can find out more at www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/toew or contact the West Suffolk Commercial Environmental Health team at email@example.com