A CORNER shop in Winshill has been told it must improve its hygiene standards, following an inspection when rotting food was found in the store room.
Nisa Local was given just one out of five in the Rate My Place scheme by East Staffordshire Borough Council when a catalogue of failings were discovered on the site.
Rotting salad was found in the walk-in fridge, and, in the freezer, fish was found which had defrosted and ‘smelled off’.
The inspector said: “This food was not fit for human consumption and must not be sold.”
There were also found significant gaps in the food hygiene knowledge of managers at the store.
In a report published this week, the inspector said: “The level of food hygiene knowledge exhibited by management is inadequate. For example, there was little understanding of what temperature food should be kept at or food safety in general.
“The shop must ensure that all staff are trained well enough to ensure the food sold is safe.”
Bins were overflowing in the yard of the Nelson Street shop and there was ‘debris’ on the floor and the walls in the staff kitchen. Walls were also grimy in other parts of the building, including the fridges. The freezer was broken and there were holes in the wall where pests could get in.
The business was not registered with the council, and management was told they must take instant action to ensure this was rectified.
A rating of one in the Rate My Place Scheme means that ‘major improvements’ are needed.
The shop was told it needs to take immediate action to rectify some issues, including thoroughly cleaning surfaces, fridges and walls and discarding food which was no longer suitable for sale. Staff were also advised they must store food correctly at all times, and training was suggested to ensure that health and hygiene standards were met.
The Mail was unable to contact anyone at the store, despite several attempts, but a spokesman for parent company Nisa Retail said individual companies were encouraged to uphold high standards of hygiene at all times.