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Cafe owner’s joy at top food hygiene score

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

  • 23/05/14 GV of Scrumptious Cafe Scrumptious on Anglesey Rd Got top marks for RMP

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A BURTON cafe has been awarded top marks by officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s environmental health team following their latest round of inspections.

They visited Scrumptious Cafe in Anglesey Road on April 25, and found only minor faults in the three areas - food hygiene and safety, structure and cleaning and confidence in management/control procedures - resulting in the cafe being awarded a top score of five.

Staff were reminded that if they were to continue using reusable towels for hand drying in the kitchen and toilet areas, then they should be cleaned on a daily basis. The report stated: “You are strongly advised to replace them with a more hygienic method of drying hands such as paper towels.”

In addition, inspectors advised staff at the cafe that they should use an alternative disinfectant than the bleach-based one currently in use. The report added: “You must replace this product with a suitable food safe disinfectant or sanitiser to be used on all food and hand contact surfaces to make sure that harmful bacteria are killed.”

Cafe owner Rosemary Goring said she was delighted with the score, adding that good food hygiene practice is important in making sure that hungry customers return. She told the Mail: “We always keep on top of our cleaning, it’s what everyone should do - if you make a mess, clean it up.

“Our kitchen is open so customers can see what we’re cooking at all times and they can see how clean it’s kept. We’ve recently had the kitchen decorated too, so everything is up to scratch.”

Inspectors also visited the cafe at Morrisons in Wellington Road on the same day, and awarded it four stars in their report. They found some minor issues regarding food hygiene and safety, which prevented it from achieving the top score.

Staff were reminded that equipment should not be stored on the floor and that the procedure should be corrected immediately.

The report said: “You must ensure that the trays are hygienically stored when not in use. I would advise a spare trolley is provided for this purpose.”

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