Food-hy­giene strag­glers must clean up their act

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Health in­spec­tors have found sev­eral food out­lets in Ash­ford that need ma­jor im­prove­ments.

Al­though no ea­ter­ies scored a zero food-hy­giene rat­ing, oth­ers in the lo­cal area scored just one star.

Vis­it­ing in­spec­tors as­sess the hy­giene of the food, the clean­li­ness of work sur­faces and ap­pli­ances, and how well man­age­ment keeps clean­ing records and acts on crit­i­cism.

The Food Stan­dards Agency, which over­sees the rat­ing scheme, says zero out­lets are likely to score badly against all three cri­te­ria.

A one-star rat­ing means ma­jor im­prove­ment is nec­es­sary.

Across Kent, the num­ber of ze­rostar rat­ings is down more than 25% on last year, when 22 out­lets scored noth­ing.

And busi­nesses given a one-star rat­ing make up a tiny pro­por­tion of the 10,729 food out­lets in Kent, 94% of which have three stars or above.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing food safety stan­dards, and most premises are vis­ited once a year, or more reg­u­larly if a prob­lem has been iden­ti­fied. The one-star out­lets were: Ash­ford Cafe, 20 Bank St, Ash­ford TN23 1BE. Last in­spec­tion: 20 April 2016 New Hong Kong Kitchen, 234 Beaver Rd, Ash­ford TN23 7SW. Last in­spec­tion: 25 Novem­ber 2015

Old Prince Of Wales, 12 New St, Ash­ford TN24 8UU. Last in­spec­tion: 23 De­cem­ber 2015

Sin­gle­ton Tan­doori, 1 The Sin­gle­ton Cen­tre, Hox­ton Close, Sin­gle­ton TN23 2GR. Last in­spec­tion: 7 Oc­to­ber 2015

Tan­doori Nights, 9 Torrington Rd Ash­ford TN23 7TF. Last in­spec­tion: 3 Novem­ber 2015

The Pheonix, 12 Tufton St, Ash­ford TN23 1QP. Last in­spec­tion: 7 March 2016

The rat­ings in this story are ac­cu­rate based on the information avail­able on the FSA web­site at 6pm on Wed­nes­day May 25. Rat­ings may change as fur­ther in­spec­tions are car­ried out.

See for the list of ea­ter­ies across the county with a zero rat­ing.

The mo­bile chemo­ther­apy unit has been vis­it­ing the Wil­liam Har­vey twice a week since last July

While a few Ash­ford busi­nesses re­ceived one-star food-hy­giene rat­ings, 94% of Kent food out­lets were give three stars or above

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