The owner of an Aldershot takeaway which was given a zero food hygiene rating has been served with a legal caution after admitting a series of food hygiene failures.
The caution for the Kings Grill/Burgeritzza /Kings Peri Peri in Station Road, Aldershot followed a routine inspection by Rushmoor Borough Council’s environmental health inspectors in December, when cleaning throughout the premises was found to be very poor.
Grease and food debris had built up on surfaces, wall, floors and food equipment, and it was apparent that a deep clean had not been made for some time.
Other issues included a lack of food safety knowledge of the staff, with inspectors finding mouldy food, poor food handling and storage which could have led to cross-contamination of food and potentially, food poisoning of customers.
Essential paperwork required to demonstrate how the business was managing food safety, showed opening and closing checks fully completed for that day despite all these issues being discovered.
During the inspection the owner voluntarily closed the shop to make the necessary improvements, and food items were thrown away.
The business was allowed to re-open the next day by the council’s officers when food hygiene standards had substantially improved.
As a result of the findings during the inspection, a simple caution for six food safety offences was issued to the owner on 5 January.
Revisits have been and will continue to be made to the business to ensure food safety standards are maintained. If standards are found to be poor in the future further formal action is likely to be taken.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Neighbourhood, Councillor Maurice Sheehan, said:
“Food businesses must be clean and keep to food hygiene laws. The vast majority of food business in Rushmoor do, but we will take action against the ones that don’t. I have little doubt that the actions of our officers in this case have substantially reduced the risk of people becoming ill.
“Our officers will continue to routinely visit food premises in Rushmoor and issue food hygiene ratings. If you can’t see a food rating sticker in the window, I would urge you to ask the business what their rating is, or go online to check.”
Food businesses in England are not legally required to display their food hygiene rating sticker though 91% of food business in the Rushmoor area have received a 4 (good) or 5 (very good) rating.
Residents in Aldershot and Farnborough can check current food businesses hygiene ratings online.