An Indian restaurant in the Farnborough area has been given the worst food hygiene rating possible and has been forced to close in order to address safety concerns. The Rushmoor Borough Council inspected the premises and found seven food hygiene violations which included failing to separate raw foods from ready-to-eat foods and storing equipment in dirty conditions. There was also a gas leak at the Vujon restaurant in Cove Road and restaurant staff were not trained in how to handle or prepare foods and were not trained in food hygiene regulations. There did not appear to be a food safety management system in place. The restaurant volunteered to shut down their establishment while they made the changes necessary to re-open and were given an ‘urgent improvement necessary’ notice from the council’s food safety officers. The caution was issued in order to protect the public from the food hygiene violations found at the restaurant. Officers have since stated that the standard of hygiene has improved and the restaurant was allowed to re-open. The public can look at the food hygiene rating scheme in order to determine the hygiene status of food businesses in Farnborough.
Importance of food hygiene management systems
Put simply, food hygiene regulations are in place to protect the public from becoming ill from contaminated food. Food hygiene offences may include:
- Failing to store foods at correct temperatures
- Storing raw foods with prepared or cooked foods
- Failing to check temperatures of cooked foods
- Failing to carry out risk assessments to reduce the risk of harm to consumers and staff
- Failing to keep a clean establishment
These are examples but there are many more instances where a person can become ill from food poisoning. Food hygiene training is essential for all staff involved in food preparation or cooking. If you have eaten at an establishment and become ill, you may not have been alone and could hold the establishment liable.
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Source: Get Hampshire
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown