‘Low rat­ing due to er­ror’


Sunderland Echo - - News - By David Al­li­son david.al­li­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @davi­dal­li­son88

The boss of a string of Wear­side chip shops says one of his stores is clean and safe to eat in de­spite get­ting a low hy­giene rat­ing which he blames on an ad­min­is­tra­tion er­ror.

Downey’s, in St Luke’s Ter­race, Pal­lion, was give a one rat­ing when it was last in­spected by staff from the Food Stan­dards Agency.

But owner Glen Downey says that the fault is down to some pa­per­work not be­ing filled in cor­rectly and that the shop has since been in­spected again, with a five rat­ing for the shop due to be in­stalled when rat­ings are up­dated next month.

Mr Downey told the Echo: “We’d only been open since last May when were in­spected in Novem­ber.

“Things fell down with the pa­per­work.

“If you haven’t got the Safer Food, Bet­ter Busi­ness part of the pack you get sent filled out prop­erly, then we were told you can’t get higher than a one.

“We brought that part of the pack from a dif­fer­ent shop and that’s why there was the prob­lem.

“But it was noth­ing to do with the clean­li­ness of this store, how the food is served or how it is stored. All the equip­ment we have here is new and we get stock de­liv­ered fresh every day.

“We have all the rel­e­vant staff who are trained too.”

Mr Downey, who owns six shops al­to­gether in­clud­ing out­lets in Sea­ham, Roker, Barnes and West Rain­ton, added: “We have been told the rat­ing will be up­dated as a five star soon.

“I think ev­ery­one’s ini­tial re­ac­tion when they saw we were give a one was ‘it’s dirty’, but that’s not the case at all.

“Peo­ple who are maybe not in the busi­ness wouldn’t un­der­stand what’s hap­pened that well but things should all be sorted soon.”

Downey’s owner Gareth Downey.

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