Shock over zero hygiene rating for takeaways

Eight food outlets receive lowest rating

Eight food outlets receive lowest rating

First published in News St Helens Star: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

SIX takeaways, one restaurant and a shop have been ordered to make urgent improvements to their standards of food hygiene following inspections by environmental health watchdogs.

Ratings listed on a government website show that the businesses all scored zero ratings in the Food Standards Agency’s official rating scheme when visited for spot checks.

The inspections were made between November 2013 and this April. Those with the lowest scores are being named by the Star in what is National Food Safety Week.

Four in the town centre are Cafe Carlos on Westfield Street, Balti Masala on Ormskirk Street and Hot Stuff on Duke Street, and the Taj restaurant on Cotham Street. Five Ways Chip Inn, on Eccleston Street, Helen’s Fish and Chips in Thatto Heath and Vindaloo Express on Cambridge Road were also handed the lowest rankings.

The Four Seasons store on Bassenthwaite Avenue, Clinkham Wood, was the only shop to score zero.

El Patio Pizza, on Westfield Street, was another to be rated zero but it is no longer trading and the premises are being taken over by another business, according to St Helens Council’s Environmental Health department All the other premises are currently trading but subject to ongoing follow up visits by inspectors, added the council.

The Food Standards Agency hopes the scheme encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards and reduce episodes of food poisoning.

Inspections are carried out by council officers who check how hygienically the food is handled and stored.

Six ratings can be dished out - zero for businesses in need of urgent improvement and a five for businesses ranked as very good. Ratings are not a guide to food quality.

A further 35 places that serve food in St Helens were given scores of one, meaning watchdogs believe major improvements were needed.

Watchdogs stressed that this was out of 1060 food businesses within the borough.

St Helens Council added that watchdogs operate a risk-based inspection strategy, so lower rated businesses will be receiving more regular inspections than those that score higher ratings.

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10:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

Keva68 says...

Suffered the after affects from the Cambridge road one mentioned here so never again.its no surprise it's named here.
Suffered the after affects from the Cambridge road one mentioned here so never again.its no surprise it's named here. Keva68
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

I should imagine the only person to be shocked by these ratings is the news editor who wrote the piece.
I should imagine the only person to be shocked by these ratings is the news editor who wrote the piece. kjd161
  • Score: 9

1:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

dr.robert says...

They could've killed someone. Terrible.
They could've killed someone. Terrible. dr.robert
  • Score: 6

2:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

I just wonder why it has taken so long to catch up with some of the culprits?
For instance, The Fiveways on Eccleston St has been open for years but has always had a bad reputation for hygiene.It is rumoured that one proprietor allowed his child to run up and down the serving counter in a pair of wellies.
I just wonder why it has taken so long to catch up with some of the culprits? For instance, The Fiveways on Eccleston St has been open for years but has always had a bad reputation for hygiene.It is rumoured that one proprietor allowed his child to run up and down the serving counter in a pair of wellies. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 8

11:22pm Thu 19 Jun 14

andy greenough says...

With the amount of takeaways now in St.Helens a lot of which change hands through families it is no real surprise that some peoples idea of "hygiene" is a million miles away from what it should be. There is no excuse for poor hygiene it is basics, how bad does a premises have to be to achieve a zero rating ? If you use a takeaway in St.Helens check it out first, it was something I never gave a thought as you only had to look at some to clearly see that you would avoid it but the one's named today are long established. Keep naming and shaming them they don't deserve any custom.
With the amount of takeaways now in St.Helens a lot of which change hands through families it is no real surprise that some peoples idea of "hygiene" is a million miles away from what it should be. There is no excuse for poor hygiene it is basics, how bad does a premises have to be to achieve a zero rating ? If you use a takeaway in St.Helens check it out first, it was something I never gave a thought as you only had to look at some to clearly see that you would avoid it but the one's named today are long established. Keep naming and shaming them they don't deserve any custom. andy greenough
  • Score: 12

12:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

I cannot understand how any food outlet which is so bad as to receive a zero rating is still allowed to trade? Surely they are putting public health at risk and therefore should be shut down until they put things right - and if they are not capable of that they should be closed down for good. I would have liked the 30 odd businesses which only gained a rating of 1 to be named and shamed too because they must be pretty dire.

All food businesses ratings in St Helens can be checked however on the Gov Website.
I cannot understand how any food outlet which is so bad as to receive a zero rating is still allowed to trade? Surely they are putting public health at risk and therefore should be shut down until they put things right - and if they are not capable of that they should be closed down for good. I would have liked the 30 odd businesses which only gained a rating of 1 to be named and shamed too because they must be pretty dire. All food businesses ratings in St Helens can be checked however on the Gov Website. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 7

8:31am Sat 21 Jun 14

Eman Resu says...

Wonder how many people have looked at this and thought "WOW, I thought the vomiting and headache on a Sunday morning was due to a hangover, not because I had eaten filthy food in town on Saturday night".

Luckily for me, I have never used any on the list, except for Helen's in Thatto Heath, once. Ever since the star rating was brought in and displayed on takeaway's doors, I have often found myself turning away from places. How any establishment can proudly display a ZERO is beyond me. Maybe it's time for them to pack up and try their hand at something else?
Wonder how many people have looked at this and thought "WOW, I thought the vomiting and headache on a Sunday morning was due to a hangover, not because I had eaten filthy food in town on Saturday night". Luckily for me, I have never used any on the list, except for Helen's in Thatto Heath, once. Ever since the star rating was brought in and displayed on takeaway's doors, I have often found myself turning away from places. How any establishment can proudly display a ZERO is beyond me. Maybe it's time for them to pack up and try their hand at something else? Eman Resu
  • Score: 5

10:33am Sun 22 Jun 14

Alder Hey Roader says...

Use the link below to search for a particular establishment, or for a full list.
http://ratings.food.
gov.uk/authority-sea
rch-landing/en-GB/42
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Use the link below to search for a particular establishment, or for a full list. http://ratings.food. gov.uk/authority-sea rch-landing/en-GB/42 1 Alder Hey Roader
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Mon 23 Jun 14

steg666 says...

Slighty off topic but does anyone know what happened to the all-you-can-eat buffet on Ormskirk St?

It looked like it was going through an internal rennovation a few months back, then all of a sudden it was boarded up?
Slighty off topic but does anyone know what happened to the all-you-can-eat buffet on Ormskirk St? It looked like it was going through an internal rennovation a few months back, then all of a sudden it was boarded up? steg666
  • Score: 0

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