A popular Indian takeaway in Plymouth has been ordered to improve its hygiene – or face being closed down.
It is one of four venues in the city which have a zero hygiene rating, along with Café Zambezi, Grace Connections Mini Market and Rockets and Rascals.
Plymouth Live has contacted the owners but has not yet received a response.
The ratings are handed out by the Food Standards Agency after an inspection is carried out locally by the city council, and covers a range of food hygiene measures.
Each establishment is checked in three categories, including hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and management of food safety.
A rating of a one means that major improvements are required and a rating of a two means that improvements are needed.
A hygiene rating of three means that businesses are generally satisfactory, a rating of a four means the business was good on assessment.
The best score is five, which means the business is up to the highest possible standard.
Food hygiene inspectors found that there was “major improvement necessary” at Little India in every category that was checked,
Little India was told it needed “major improvement necessary” in every category it was checked in.
For the ‘management of food safety’ category, the inspector examined the venue to make sure that there were systems or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat.
They also checked for evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.
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In the ‘cleanliness and condition of facilities and building’ the inspector found that “major improvement [is] necessary” to bring the venue up to adequate standards.
For the above category, the inspector checked the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control, to enable good food hygiene.
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The report for the ‘hygienic food handling’ section tests the venue on the hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.
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