A five-star hotel and others with two AA Rosettes are among hundreds of accommodations with poor food hygiene ratings, analysis has found.
A total of 652 hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs require improvement or “urgent improvement” under Food Standards Agency (FSA) regulations, according to the research.
The analysis conducted by Which? Travel looked at all hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs with a local authority rating of two or below on the five-point scale.
The five-star Royal Horseguards hotel in central London, which has two AA Rosettes, was given a hygiene rating of just two by the City of Westminster City Council in March 2016.
Birmingham’s Novotel, a four-star establishment, was identified to be serving “high-risk food…out of temperature control”, and was also rated a two.
The temperature of a food may “result in a risk to health where temperature control is critical to the safety of food,” guidance issued by the FSA reads.
Food poisoning can cause symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, but in extreme cases can prove fatal.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Horseguards Hotel says the hotel took the findings from the investigation very seriously.
“A new senior management team immediately took action to improve standards to the level our staff and customers expect. We also commissioned NSF, a global leader in health and safety, to conduct additional inspections in July and November 2016,” she said.
Reports from the independent inspections found significant improvements had been made, the spokeswoman added, claiming findings from an unscheduled visit which described the kitchen as “‘exceptionally clean and well-maintained”.
A spokesman for the Novotel Birmingham Centre hotel said: “We took immediate action to correct the issues raised from the inspection. We are currently in the process of applying for re-certification.”
Accommodation providers are not required to display food hygiene ratings under either the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme (FHRS) in England or the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) in Scotland.
Which? Travel editor Rory Boland said: “Around nine in 10 of us eat at least one meal in our overnight accommodation so it’s vital that hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses have high standards of food hygiene.
“We know that displaying the rating outside the premises encourages higher standards, which is why we support the FSA case for a compulsory display scheme for the whole of the UK.”
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: March 4, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown