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'Filthy' Fish And Chip Shop Given Zero Food Hygiene Rating

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'Filthy' Fish And Chip Shop Given Zero Food Hygiene Rating

A 'filthy' fish and chip shop has been handed a zero food hygiene rating.

A routine inspection at Amy's Fish and Chips in Darfield, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, revealed food was being kept on the floor and left outside to cool down.

Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

The way in which the inspector observed food being stored and prepared was described as 'ideal conditions for food positioning bacteria'.

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Cross-contamination was a particular concern, with raw meat prepared next to food that was about to be served, and raw and cooked meat stored alongside each other in the fridge.

A whole raw fish was also found being kept in a washing up bowl in the fridge - which was 12.9°C, almost 8°C warmer than Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommendations.

Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

The chopping boards used to prepare food were coated in black grime - a damning indication of the cleanliness of food coming out of the kitchen.

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The inspector's report said: "Chopping boards used for the preparation of ready to eat food items were found to be in a filthy condition."

However, the inspector said that staff thought the boards were in 'acceptable' condition.

A 'general lack of cleaning... and hand washing' was also observed and food storage containers were found to be damaged and dirty.

Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
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The report said: "You must not prepare food for customers who declare they have a food allergy as you are unable to safely prepare food for them to eliminate risk from... cross-contamination."

The inspection took place in July and the report noted that similar problems had been highlighted previously, but few improvements had been made.

Amy's Fish and Chips was given a zero food hygiene rating by the FSA, meaning urgent improvements are necessary.

Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Credit: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
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The report concluded: "The hygiene and safety standards noted on this inspection fall well below those expected."

Responding to the FSA's report, the business said: "I agree with the inspection results but have since carried out the following improvements;

1. The premises have been thoroughly cleaned and procedures are now in place to ensure that cleanliness is maintained.

2. Staff have been trained / re-trained and are under better supervision.

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3. A new Food Safety Management system has been introduced."

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Topics: Food, fish and chips, UK News, Restaurant

Jake Massey
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