Redbridge food businesses find healthier options are recipe for success

Published: 5 February 2020

Healthier eating is on the menu in Redbridge, with food outlets across the borough this week being recognised for offering more nutritious options.

Restaurants and other food outlets in Redbridge, which have worked to make their menus healthier, were celebrated at the first official award ceremony held by Redbridge Council.

Cafés, takeaways, sandwich bars, restaurants and other businesses who have made changes to their food preparation, which can have a big impact on customers' health, received their Redbridge Healthy Catering Commitment awards in the Council Chambers today (Tuesday 4 February).

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Zulfiqar Hussain, who handed Healthier Catering Commitment certificates to the businesses.

To be eligible for the certificate, food businesses must meet certain criteria, including healthier frying, healthier promotions, reducing salt and sugar, and access to fruit and vegetables.

Redbridge Council is delighted to be recognising the efforts of the businesses in raising food standards, in the first official ceremony.

Cllr Mark Santos, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Mental Health and the ageing, said: “We would like to pass on our congratulations to the businesses who have made the necessary steps to win a Healthy Catering Commitment awards

“These certificates are testament to the success of these businesses in embracing a move to healthier food options. Any change, however small, makes a difference to the health of our population. I am sure they will act as an example to other catering businesses to follow suit.”

New food businesses wishing to take part in the scheme can find out more by visiting the environmental health page on the Redbridge Council website or emailing healthiercateringcommitment@redbridge.gov.uk

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