A CARE home has been told to clean up its act after hygiene inspectors found mouldy food in its kitchen.
The Fauld House Nursing Home, near Tutbury, received a less than complimentary report following the visit from the inspectors regarding its food hygiene standards.
Inspectors uncovered mouldy vegetables and said that food had been left uncovered in the presence of flies.
The report said that the kitchen clearly had a problem with flies as measures had been taken to combat them, such as spray and fly paper, yet food had still been left uncovered.
Hygiene chiefs also flagged up dirty shelves and door handles.
Bosses at the site, in Fauld Lane, have been reminded to make sure out of date food is disposed of straight away and to ensure food is covered at all times.
Despite the disappointing hygiene report, the nursing home secured a overall rating of ‘good’, achieving four stars out of a possible five under the ratings system, with the visit also taking into account ‘structure and cleaning’ and ‘confidence in management and control systems’.
Laura Mosedale, manager at the nursing home, believes the report was not a true reflection of what happens at the site day to day.
She said: “I wasn’t very impressed with what the inspector said about flies. On that particular day the cook was making the food - you don’t cover it until it’s finished. We have a zapper, fly screens and all that in place, and it was hot. There are flies around everywhere at that time of the year.
“There was one swede in the fridge door which had a bit of fur growing on it, there was no other food that was mouldy.”
Ms Mosedale said the home had improved its hygiene standards and was confident of achieving a better rating at the next inspection.
She added: “We had a three before so there has been an improvement made. I’m happy with how it’s going and am confident that when the next inspection comes around we will get a five.”