HYGIENE inspectors were less than impressed following a visit to a takeaway in Burton which unearthed a raft of health concerns.
Staff at Roosters Den in Derby Street had to be reminded to wash their hands after a number of health issues were flagged up following the visit.
Health chiefs were alarmed to find that as well as not washing their hands regularly, staff were not wearing clean clothing while working.
Food was also not being stored at the correct temperature, while raw and ready-to-eat foods were not being safely separated.
As a result of the findings, the takeaway was given a rating of one out of five and ordered to improve immediately.
The inspector’s report said: “All staff must be reminded of the need (to wash their hands) before starting or returning to work, and specifically; before handling any foods and raw meat and vegetables, after using he toilet, handling rubbish, smoking and taking a break.”
Chicken was found to be being stored more than 10C below the safe level, with bosses being warned to ensure ‘high risk’ hot food is kept at 63C.
There was also said to be insufficient space in the takeaway’s walk-in chiller to ensure that raw and ready-to-eat foods were being kept apart, while inspectors noted the wash hand basin was not being regularly used.
Tahir Ayoub, manager of Roosters Den, insisted changes had been made since the inspection.
He said: “We had only recently opened so we didn’t know what to do, but now we have been advised, everything is in order.
“All the food is separated and whatever the inspector told us to do, we have done.”
The Derby Street outlet is the latest to be told to improve following the spot checks from health chiefs as part of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Rate My Place scheme.