16:41 Sunday 29 December 2013

Contamination risk at Burton Thai takeaway

Written byMARK MCKAY

DUMBBELLS and scales were among ‘unnecessary’ items found in a Burton takeaway deemed so dirty it achieved the lowest possible hygiene rating.

The owners of the New Ni Hao have been told to immediately clean up their act - quite literally - after inspectors revealed a litany of health and safety infractions at the Waterloo Street premises.

East Staffordshire Borough Council health chiefs awarded the takeaway the zero star rating after finding dirty cookers, shelves, seals, walls, and the kitchen floor ‘littered’ with food debris.

The takeaway’s hygiene score and report has now been published for all to see on www.ratemyplace.org.uk

In the report the inspectors also warned staff over the risk of contamination after raw meat was found being stored above cooked food.

They said in the report: “The standard of cleaning throughout the premises was very poor.

“There was also a substantial amount of unnecessary equipment such as dumbbells and scales, which make it harder to clean.”

To cap off an entirely critical report the inspectors said they were ‘not convinced’ by the level of food hygiene knowledge displayed by staff and management.

But the takeaway’s manager Yan Wang told the Mail all issues raised in the report have now been addressed.

He said: “We have already improved the hygiene in the workplace. Some things were not very good but they have been fixed.

“I think the customers would be very concerned and so we will work harder to keep the place clean.

Mr Wang added that a follow-up inspection will be booked for the New Year.

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