An Eat Safe Award has been presented to the Isle of Harris Distillery Canteen.

The award is given by the Environmental Health Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland.

The award is available to all establishments selling food directly to consumers.

The main aim of the scheme is to provide an incentive to food businesses to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law.

It also helps consumers make informed choices about where to eat out by providing a recognisable 'sign' of excellence in standards of food hygiene.

Councillor Kenny John Macleod - Chair of Communities and Housing Committee was delighted to hand over the awards from the Comhairle to the Isle of Harris Distillery Canteen.

Councillor Macleod said that "The Eat Safe award is only presented to businesses that have achieved hygiene standards beyond those required by law so their commitment has to be commended. I would encourage all businesses within the Outer Hebrides to aim for this award as it provides them with a valuable tool to reassure their customers of a continuing commitment to produce food safely."

Eligible establishments are assessed for the award as part of scheduled food hygiene inspections undertaken by officers from Environmental Health. Further details on the scheme are available on the Food Standards Scotland Website at: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/consumers/food-safety/buying-food-eating-out/eat-safe-awards

Photographed: Kate Preston, Catering Manager and Joanna Macaskill, Kitchen Supervisor receiving the Eat Safe Certificate from Councillor Kenny John Macleod.