Blackpool takeaway told 'urgent improvements necessary' after being handed 0-out-of-5 food hygiene rating

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A takeaway in Blackpool was handed a new zero-out-of-five food hygiene rating.

The Grill Station on Lytham Road was given the minimum score following an assessment on May 9, the Food Standards Agency's website shows.

It means that of Blackpool's 288 takeaways with ratings, 151 (52%) have ratings of five and just one has a zero rating.

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A takeaway in Blackpool was handed a new zero-out-of-five food hygiene ratingA takeaway in Blackpool was handed a new zero-out-of-five food hygiene rating
A takeaway in Blackpool was handed a new zero-out-of-five food hygiene rating | Contributed

The report showed that “urgent improvement” was necessary in the handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.

It was also deemed “urgent improvement” was required in the management of food safety and the system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat.

Inspectors found the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building were “generally satisfactory”.

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This includes having an appropriate layout, ventilation and hand washing facilities to enable good food hygiene.

The Grill Station on Lytham Road was given the minimum score following an assessment on May 9 (Credit: Google)The Grill Station on Lytham Road was given the minimum score following an assessment on May 9 (Credit: Google)
The Grill Station on Lytham Road was given the minimum score following an assessment on May 9 (Credit: Google) | Google

Food safety inspections and enforcement

The food hygiene rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of the inspection by the local authority.

The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing food hygiene laws and can inspect a business at any point in the food production and distribution process.

Authorised officers from the local council will visit the premises to check the business is complying with food law and producing food that is safe to eat.

To do this, they will look at:

- the premises

- how employees work

- the food safety management system

- the types of food being made and prepared

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Authorised officers have the right to enter and inspect the premises at any reasonable time.

They will also usually arrive without making an appointment.

How often the business is routinely inspected will depend on the type of business and its previous record.

Some premises might be inspected at least every six months, others much less often.

Authorised officers will offer help and advice on food safety and they can take action if they find that standards of food hygiene are not good enough.

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