NEARLY 95 per cent of West Sussex primary schools examined so far have been handed a food hygiene rating of five-out-of-five.
So far, 87 of the 95 schools visited by Food Hygiene Rating Scheme inspectors have been scored “very good”.
The remaining eight received a “good” rating of four-out-of-five.
John Figgins, county catering service manager responsible for school dinners, said: “It is fantastic to see our schools achieving such high standards.
“It means pupils and their parents can be assured their meals are being served in clean, safe environments.
“Our school lunches are a healthy and tasty option for children, ensuring they can enjoy a balanced and nutritious meal.”
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by local authorities in England with the Food Standards Agency.
It shows how closely food hygiene law is being met.
District environmental health officers inspect how hygienically food is being handled – how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored – as well as the condition of the buildings and how businesses manage and record their actions.
The ratings are then published on the Food Standards Agency website.
Meanwhile, children in the county still have time to get their own creation on next year’s menu as part of a Sussex Day-inspired competition.
Anyone who would like to find out more about school meals, or download an entry form for the competition, can visit www.westsussex.gov.uk.