Shame of filthy town take­away

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@reach­plc.com @kate­lal­lyx

PILES of dead flies, out-of-date meat and staff not us­ing the hand-wash basin – these were the shock­ing con­di­tions in a South­port take­away.

When Sefton Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health team in­spected Flames ke­bab shop in East­bank Street in July, they found the wash basin had no hot wa­ter and did not look as though it was be­ing used.

Their re­port stated that staff should be wash­ing their hands reg­u­larly, and es­pe­cially af­ter us­ing the toi­let, han­dling rub­bish, smok­ing, tak­ing a break, and han­dling raw food.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest re­vealed that the in­spec­tion also found the walls, floors, fridges and freez­ers to be filthy, and there was a bro­ken elec­tric fly-killer on the wall, with dead in­sects piled up in it.

There were also flies in the kitchen, and the back door was open, al­low­ing easy ac­cess for such “pests”.

Meat in the freez­ers was out of date, while loose­ly­pack­aged raw chicken was stored on top of ready-toeat bread buns, and the same equip­ment was used to han­dle both raw meat and cooked meat.

The take­away was given an hy­giene rat­ing of “one” by of­fi­cers, who said the stan­dard of hy­giene was “un­ac­cept­able”.

The fol­low­ing stan­dards were recorded:

Hy­gienic food han­dling - improve­ment nec­es­sary.

Clean­li­ness and con­di­tion of fa­cil­i­ties and build­ing - improve­ment nec­es­sary.

Man­age­ment of food safety - ma­jor improve­ment nec­es­sary.

The in­spec­tors’ re­port said that if the stan­dard of hy­giene was not raised and main­tained, “for­mal ac­tion may be taken, which may re­sult in [the owner] be­ing con­victed and re­ceiv­ing a sub­stan­tial fine”.

In Jan­uary, 2016, the take­away was the sub­ject of a court case, af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal health in­spec­tors found the floor lit­tered with food de­bris, walls marked with heavy grease and con­gealed blood in­side a pizza top­ping tub.

Flames was sub­se­quently taken over by new own­ers and re­ceived a five-star rat­ing in March, 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment’s Food Stan­dards Agency web­site, the July in­spec­tion and sub­se­quent one-star rat­ing is the lat­est rat­ing given to the busi­ness.

Flames ap­proached re­sponse. has for been a

A filthy floor; a grime-en­crusted meat ther­mome­ter, right; and a pest elim­i­na­tor full of dead flies, far right, were found in the Flames take­away, be­low right

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