Republika On-line reports that the Denpasar City Government is preparing a rating system for restaurants as a step to improve hygiene and sanitation practices. The rating system, scheduled to be announced in the near future, is aimed at improving sanitation practices for local restaurants while at the same time providing a protection to Bali residents and visitors who frequent the establishments.
The Head of the Denpasar Health Department, Dr. Luh Putu Sri Armini, explained, "if the health standards are met, the restaurants will be given a rating which will be announced to the public."
According to Dr. Armini, ratings will be given to restaurants after a program of thorough inspection is completed. Establishments found to maintain an excellent hygiene and sanitation standards will be given an "A" rating; "B" ratings for good standards; and "C" ratings for average standards.
Once a rating is given to a restaurant the program mandates routine re-inspections to ensure standards are maintained in accordance with the criterion of the rating system.
Dr. Armini defended the need for the new rating system in order to provide a level of added protection and peace of mind for tourist visitors to Bali. She also assured all concerned that the standards applied would be objective with laboratory testing forming a part of the review method.
Explaining a new "get tough" attitude on introducing hygiene standards at local restaurants, Dr. Armini explained:"Raw materials will be inspected together with the quality of their sources, as well as the facilities used (for preparation) to make sure that all meet health standards. If quality is poor, then we will not issue a certificate."
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