‘Zero’ eater­ies are or­dered to clean up act

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

THESE are the least hy­gienic take­aways, restau­rants, pubs and food and drink stores in the bor­ough.

The eight busi­nesses, which were all in­spected in the last 16 months, were given a ‘zero’ rat­ing by in­spec­tors in the Food Stan­dards Agency’s na­tional food hy­giene rat­ings scheme.

In Mac­cles­field, Madras Spice on Brook Street, Mas­sala House in We­ston Square, Ori­en­tal House on Park Lane and Pizza Pantry on Bond Street were all deemed to need ‘ ur­gent im­prove­ment’.

Oth­ers given a warn­ing that they must im­prove im­me­di­ately were Shang­hai Mem­o­ries on Ch­ester­gate, We­ston Bak­ery in We­ston Square, Earl­sway, The Min­ers Arms on Wood Lane North in Adling­ton and Park Lane Pizza on Park Lane in Poyn­ton.

The food hy­giene scale goes from zero to five, with those achiev­ing a five judged to be the safest, clean­est and best.

Food safety of­fi­cers as­sess three sep­a­rate ar­eas: food hy­giene, cov­er­ing the han­dling, prepa­ra­tion, cook­ing and stor­age of food, the clean­li­ness and con­di­tion of fa­cil­i­ties and build­ings, and man­age­ment. Staff knowl­edge is also ex­am­ined.

The FSA said the sys­tem en­sured food sold or served was safe to eat.

A spokesman said: “The rat­ing given is based on how well they do in each of these ar­eas – they are all im­por­tant.”

They added that those achiev­ing a rat­ing of zero were likely to be per­form­ing poorly in all three ar­eas.

The Ex­press con­tacted all the busi­nesses con­cerned, so far five have re­sponded. Eileen Draper, owner of We­ston Bak­ery said: “A zero rat­ing as­sess­ment was given when pa­per­work was not up-to­date – in our case it was our ‘safer food bet­ter busi­ness’ pa­per­work.

“This has since been rec­ti­fied, checked by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Of­fi­cer and we are await­ing a re-in­spec­tion.”

Ma­boob Ud­din, man­ager of Mas­sala House, said they were re­assessed two weeks ago and were await­ing a new rat­ing.

The man­ager of Ori­en­tal House said they re­cently had an in­spec­tion and were given a rat­ing of three.

Karen Fu, man­ager of Shang­hai Mem­o­ries, said the busi­ness had been in­spected again when she was on hol­i­day and that they were await­ing a new rat­ing.

The land­lord of the Min­ers Arms said: “It was a zero rated busi­ness when we moved in in Fe­bru­ary but now it’s not. I haven’t both­ered to ap­ply for a new rat­ing.”

All busi­nesses can ap­peal and ask for rein­spec­tions.

Our list is based on in­spec­tions that ap­pear on the FSA’s web­site and is ac­cu­rate at the time of writ­ing. Vis­its from coun­cil in­spec­tors vary and some might be wait­ing for up­com­ing in­spec­tions.

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