Hygiene inspectors in Birmingham have revealed the outlets receiving low scores after spot-checks during the last year. Almost 90 premises were given the lowest food hygiene ratings. For restaurants or takeaway shops to appear at the bottom of this list, there have to be serious shortcomings. A zero rating is granted where kitchens have been found to be dirty, or where there is evidence of infestation by rodents or cockroaches. Hygiene is all-important when it comes to food preparation, so when the conditions exist that make it more likely for food to become contaminated, this is always seen as a serious risk.
This exercise was undertaken by officials from Birmingham City Council in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), allocating scores of between five and zero to local businesses. In order that customer safety is not compromised, the recommendation is that food is consumed at premises that have gained a three rating or over. At the top end of that scale, the FSA published the names of more than 800 venues across the UK’s second city where the highest score was achieved. Although those businesses occupying pole position in 2013’s report included Burger King, located in the city’s Bullring district, this outlet received much poorer ratings this year. The premises were closed after a rodent infestation.
What do these scores indicate?
Businesses receiving the lowest food hygiene ratings are an important way of informing the public that certain food outlets are much better than others in terms of food hygiene. Food poisoning is always an extremely unpleasant experience. In most cases, the end result will be a day or so of vomiting and diarrhoea, but for a minority of sufferers, particularly if they already suffer from an underlying health condition that renders them more prone to infection, the symptoms can be much worse. Poor hygiene is one of the main causes, and these ratings are intended to force the culprits to attend to shortcomings.
Are you considering legal advice?
Suffering from the effects of poor kitchen hygiene is all too common in the UK, but this does mean that a company like Accident Advice Helpline have developed a lot of expertise when it comes to looking into the circumstances surrounding these cases. We have a team of legal experts who can investigate your situation and perhaps recommend that we go for a no win no fee* claim. So, if your incident occurred within the past three years and you believe that someone else was at fault for it, call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown