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Big improvements needed at hot dog van that ‘sold up’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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A HOT DOG van scored poorly when inspected by hygiene officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Derek’s Dogs was located in the car park of the Octagon shopping centre but is thought to have ceased trading there.

The van was given a rating of just one out of a possible five following the inspection in February.

Its main failing was in the section ‘confidence in management’, for which it scored 20 - the lowest possible rating.

A council spokesman said: “Under the food hygiene rating scheme the worst score of 20 restricts the rating to one star - ‘major improvement necessary’ despite the business not having many legal contraventions in the other areas. “This is because the failure in an particular category, in this case confidence in management is significant enough to influence the overall food hygiene rating.”

The Mail were unable to locate the van.

The spokesman said: “At the time of the inspection the inspecting officer was told that the owner may be selling the business, which could explain why it is no longer in the Octagon car park.”

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