A NURSING home and a convenience store have both been awarded near-perfect hygiene ratings – despite having out-of-date food on the premises.
Rider House nursing home, in Stapenhill Road, and Zzim Supermarket, in Queen Street, Burton, both scored four stars out of a possible five, despite the nursing home having out-of-date pork in its fridge and Zzim displaying out-of-date cheese in its chiller.
Both premises were inspected by the environmental health team at East Staffordshire Borough Council on July 30.
Ejaz Farooq, owner of Zzim Supermarket, said the inspection came at the busiest time of the year, during Ramadan.
Mr Farooq, whose other Zzim business, in Albert Street, has five stars, said: “The inspection date was during Ramadan and nearing Eid, so it is almost like Christmas – we have to have more stock in and are usually about 50 per cent busier than usual.
“Our staff were finishing at 10pm, but having to get up at 3am to eat, and then into work again at 8am.
“We contact our supplier and they come in every week and stock up and make sure everything is in date. Our staff check this too, but there was a mistake by our staff and obviously it was not acceptable.”
The inspection report made reference to the fact it was a busy time and ordered another bin collection for the shop, as the bins in the storage area were overflowing.
Meanwhile, Rider House’s rating came despite a pork shoulder which was past its use by date found in the fridge.
Inspectors also noted that staff were unsure what the correct contact time for sanitisers should be. Enough contact time is required to effectively reduce bacteria to a safe level.
It was also revealed that the sealent around the window sill was starting to deteriorate, and that closing checks had been pre-emptively ticked in the Safer Food Better Business folder.
These checks included ensuring that out-of-date food was discarded, and therefore ticks must not be recorded until the checks have been carried out.
The home was unable to comment at the time the Mail went to press.