OUT of date sandwiches were found on sale at a Winshill shop which received a stinging one-star rating after a hygiene inspection.
Packs of raw bacon were also found touching packed sandwiches at Lifestyle Express, in Bearwood Hill Road, after a visit from East Staffordshire Borough Council health bosses.
The store was also pulled up for not having hand towels in the wash-basin and having yoghurts on sale with a best before date of January 22 – five days before the inspection took place.
In the report, which has just been published, inspectors said the out of date sandwiches were removed during the visit.
It said: “There were several sandwiches on display which were past their use-by date.
“It is an offence for food which is past its use-by date to be on display for sale.
“There were some yoghurts on display for sale with a best-before date of January 22.
“While selling food past its best-before date is not an offence, it is an indication of poor stock rotation and is not advised.”
The inspectors ordered bosses at the store to keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods which would reduce the risk of cross contamination and also document measures they take to make sure food they sell is safe to eat.
They said in the report: “Food hygiene and safety regulations say that you must write down simple details of what you do to make sure that the food produced or sold at your premises is safe to eat.”
The inspection and rating is part of the Food Standard Agency’s Rate My Place scheme which aims to help members of the public make informed decisions about where they buy food from.