Local takeaways have been presented with gold awards by showing they can create tasty chips – with up to 40 per cent less fat.
Frydays in Robins Lane, Newtown Fish Bar in Cambridge Road, Town Fryer in Hall Street and the Codfather in Hard Lane were congratulated by St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Gareth Cross, at St Helens Town Hall.
They were the first four outlets in the borough to qualify for a new gold award – organised by the council’s Environmental Health team.
The awards use criteria agreed by the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) and the Food Standards Agency.
To achieve either the gold – or higher platinum standards – businesses must adopt cooking and preparation processes to produce chips that not only taste better, but absorb up to 40 per cent less fat.
Frydays is already working towards achieving the platinum award.
Councillor Cross said: “Everyone loves a ‘chippy tea’, but most of us know we can’t eat it every day!
“So we’ve decided to reward those chip shops that make small changes to create chips with less saturated fat – yet are still big on taste.”
All takeaways in the borough are welcome to apply for the award – and should contact Karen Featherstone in the Environmental Health department on 01744 675825 by February 21.