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Centra stores get top marks for hygiene

FOUR Centra stores in Clare are celebrating after receiving the Supreme National Hygiene Award from Martin Kelleher, managing director of Centra, and Irene Collins, managing director, Excellence Ireland at the 2013 Centra Quality Awards in Killarney recently.
The Supreme Hygiene Award identifies and rewards retailers that have performed to a consistently high level over a three-year period.
The four Clare stores that were presented with the prestigious award were Lynch’s Centra, Gort Road, Ennis; Ryan’s Centra, Clonroadmore, Ennis; Donnellan’s Centra, Loughville, Ennis and Rodgers’ Centra, Scariff.
A further six Clare stores – Deasy’s Centra, Clarecastle; Michael’s Centra, Kildysart; Johnston’s Centra, Kilmihil; Jones’ Centra, Miltown Malbay; Crowe’s Centra in Sixmilebridge and O’Keeffe’s Centra, Tulla Road – were also presented with the Excellence Ireland National Hygiene and Food Safety Certificate, which is independent verification of the highest standards of operational hygiene and food safety in the food sector business.
A total of 343 Centra stores in the Republic of Ireland have achieved the much coveted National Hygiene and Food Safety Certificate.
Commenting at the awards, Mr Kelleher said, “We are thrilled that these Centra stores have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to excellent standards in food safety. It is a true testament to the individual retailers, their management teams and all staff for their dedication and commitment in maintaining these standards.
“The awards are a testament to the fact that these Centra stores have gone above and beyond in their strive to sustain quality measures.”
According to Ms Collins, “This quality mark indicates that a business complies with the highest standards of hygiene and food safety. These Centra stores demonstrate the significant importance attached to implementing and maintaining meticulous quality and food safety standards. Centra has a well-deserved reputation and should be proud of its consistently good results over the years.”

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