Clean up your act order for eateries
MORE than 100 food outlets in Swindon have been told to make major improvements to their level of food hygiene.
The council is responsible for inspecting all premises which serve food in the town, including restaurants, pubs, care homes and schools, to make sure they meet standards.
However, nine venues have scored zero, meaning urgent improvement is necessary. A further 92 scored one out of five, which mean major improvement is necessary.
The nine places to score the lowest possible grade are: the 9 O’Clock Shop Express, in Manchester Road; Best Kebab, a van which operates in Greenbridge Industrial Estate; Brothers Kebab House, in John Street; Eat Well, in Cricklade Road; Fahed’s, in Moredon; Green Baize Social Club, in Park South; Korky’s Takeaway, in the town centre; and Connies, in Old Town; and Lemon Place, St Andrew’s Ridge.
In May this year Connie’s Chinese restaurant, in Devies Road, was fined £34,000 for the poor state of its kitchen, despite repeated inspections, but work is now under way to improve the standard.
A statement from the restauarant said: “The inspection highlighted documentation and procedural issues which have now been addressed.
“We now employ the services of a consultant environmental health practitioner to assist us in these matters and to help us maintain and improve our standards.”
The inspections are carried out by the council’s environment health team, which looks to inspect all aspects of a food outlet. Their aim is to make sure the food they provide is safe to eat.
Louise Doughty, food and health and safety team leader for the council, said: “Food poisoning is very serious and can even kill.
“We have to make sure every venue is as safe as possible. We want to see Swindon’s economy grow, so we don’t go in looking to close a business down.
“The Food Standards Agency provide a very strict criteria which we use when we carry out inspections. Once a problem is identified we do everything we can to work with businesses to help them improve.”
Checks are carried out through surprise inspections. A list of improvements are sent to struggling venues, which is then followed a short time later with another inspection.
“If this fails to force change Environmental Health may issue an enforcement notice and offer to work with owners and managment. This normally has the desired effect and we don’t need to do any more other than carry out further inspections,” said Louise.
“If improvements are not made we can look to go through the courts, but this is not the route we want to go down.
“Often it is a case of not understanding or knowing the rules, so we try and educate owners.”
At the other end of the spectrum, of the 987 eateries which have been inspected, 464 recieved the top mark of five.
Louise said: “We have some very good venues in Swindon which we very rarely have to go out and see, which are very well run. The best advice I can give to owners who have low scores is to listen to the inspectors.”
To see a full list of the eateries which scored 1* or less click here.
To see a full list of the ratings click here.
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