A CARIBBEAN takeaway in Burton town centre has been told to improve its hygiene standards by environmental health inspectors.
Burton Caribbean Cuisine, in New Street, received just one out of a possible five stars when spot-checked by officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Rate my Place scheme.
They discovered staff were using unsuitable cleaning products in the kitchen, there was no soap next to either of the hand wash basins in the building, and there was a mound of waste at the rear of the property that was at risk of harbouring pests.
The inspector who visited the takeaway last month wrote in a document published this week: “It was apparent during my inspection that the level of food hygiene awareness of both management and staff was very poor.”
Among the inspector’s findings were that:
• Raw meat products were not correctly stored in the fridge, posing a risk of cross-contamination;
• The fridge was hotter than the legal maximum temperature of 8C;
• Rice and curries were not placed in the fridge quickly enough after being cooked;
• Some surfaces and walls inside the building were chipped, making them difficult to clean;
• A storage area was too cluttered to be cleaned effectively;
• Food debris was found under the cooker and sink;
• There was no running hot water in the sink in the toilet;
• Strip lights did not have plastic covers as required;
• The business did not have a waste contract;
• There was no evidence of a written food safety management system.
The business was inspected on January 30 and the kitchen and toilet were both examined.
The borough council periodically inspects businesses serving food to the public and they are given scores of between 0, the best, and 30, the worst, in three categories. Burton Caribbean Cuisine scored 15 in food hygiene and safety, 15 in structure and cleaning, and 20 in management procedures.
No-one from the takeaway had responded to a request for comment as the Mail went to press.