Local shop owners hope good tasting food isn’t the only thing that will keep customers trudging through the doors.
The NSW Food Authority Scores on Doors program sees shops judged on hygiene and safety.
They then receive a score out of five — five being the best — which is displayed on the shop window.
So far, 40 businesses throughout Wollondilly have signed up including Royal Char-Grill Chickens at The Oaks.
Owner Jim Tzortzis believed the program would help attract customers.
‘‘It’s a no-brainer that the business with a five star safety rating hanging over the front door will be the one most attractive to customers,’’ he said.
‘‘We know how hard we work to have high food hygiene and safety standards and now everyone else does too.’’
Mayor Col Mitchell urged all eligible food businesses in the shire to get on sign up to the program.
‘‘The scoring system is based upon the inspections that are already conducted by council’s environmental health officers,’’ he said.
‘‘This rewards businesses who do the right thing, and encourages others to aspire to do the same.
‘‘The Scores on Doors initiative is a fantastic marketing tool for each of the areas within our shire to promote the standard and quality of the hygiene and food safety of local food businesses.’’
Wollondilly MP also urged those remaining businesses to get involved with the program.
‘‘Dining is a drawcard for many areas and the ability to promote your region as a safe place to enjoy dining is good for business,’’ he said.
‘‘There are 152 local government areas across NSW and each of those has its own unique food scene.
‘‘Wollondilly sits on the south western edge of Sydney and represents the best of what a blend of the bush and the big smoke has to offer when it comes to fresh, safe food.’’