Random food hygiene inspections by environmental health officers from Swindon Council gave nine food businesses in Swindon a score of zero out of five. This is the lowest possible rating achievable and means improvements urgently need to be made.
Since 1st January 2014, nine sites including Abbys Food Stores, Covingham Fish Shop and Ellendune Chinese Takeaway have scored zero after food hygiene inspections were carried out. The checks are carried out entirely at random and focus on basic hygiene. They can take place anywhere that serves food or drinks to the public. After scores are assigned, proprietors are given a list of improvements to make and it is the council’s policy to work with the proprietors to improve their standards, rather than closing outlets down.
However, those who fail food hygiene inspections repeatedly will be prosecuted – earlier this year, the proprietor of the Shanghai Fish Bar was fined £10,000 after E.coli was found on more than one occasion. The council are given strict criteria to work to by the Food Standards Agency and Louise Doughty, the council’s food and health and safety team leader, commented, “We don’t go into premises to shut them down, but food poisoning is a very serious issue which we do not take lightly.”
The risk of food poisoning for children
For the elderly, infirm and children, food poisoning is definitely no laughing matter. The main risk to victims of food poisoning is dehydration; children are particularly at risk as they are smaller and may be unable to drink more fluids than usual to stay hydrated. Babies under the age of one year are particularly susceptible to dehydration as any loss of fluid is a significant loss of total body fluid. Recurrent vomiting and persistent diarrhoea are usually signs that medical attention is needed, and children may need to be hospitalised until they are stable. It can be a difficult, traumatic time if your child is seriously ill with food poisoning, and you may face medical bills and loss of earnings, which will be taken into account if you make a claim for personal injury compensation.
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