Mushtaqs Restaurant in Hamilton has passed the Food Standards Agency's 'Eat Safe' food hygiene award with flying colours.
The restaurant in Almada Street was recommended for the 'Eat Safe' award by the council's Environmental Health team which monitors and inspects catering establishments to ensure they are safe and hygienic for the public to dine in...
Director of Mushtaqs, Ajmal Mushtaq said: "Food hygiene has always been our number one priority and to be recognised for excellent standards is testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes every day.
"I am very fortunate to have a team of chefs that have exceptional standards in everything they do."
The Food Standards Agency grants 'Eat Safe' awards to commercial kitchens - whether a snack bar or a major hotel - which prepares food in conditions that exceed those required by legislation.
The main aim of the scheme is to provide an incentive for caterers to strive for food hygiene and food safety management standards beyond those required by law.
"It will also help consumers make informed choices about where to eat by providing a recognisable 'sign' of excellence in standards of food hygiene.
The scheme was launched just a few years ago by the Food Standards Agency. There are now 20 premises in South Lanarkshire which have obtained the award and Mushtaqs is the first Indian Restaurant.
Councillor Gerry Convery, the chair of the council's Community Resources Committee, said: "Our Environmental Health team were delighted to nominate Mushtaqs for this award as it operates at the level we would ideally like all commercial kitchens in South Lanarkshire to achieve.
"The team provided training and support for staff to enable the restaurant to be put forward for the award. Everyone is to be congratulated for their hard work and effort needed to achieve this award."
The Mushtaq family has been trading in Almada Street for around 13 years and completely re-branded their licensed Indian Restaurant and takeaway this summer. The restaurant also has an internal food hygiene programme. Its chefs, in addition to formal qualifications, have to pass this test which covers cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross contamination.