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Trafford businesses failing to meet Food Standards Agency satisfactory hygiene standards

ALMOST 300 Trafford food establishments have failed to meet a satisfactory hygiene standard.

Of the 279 restaurants, cafes, takeaways, schools, pubs, hotels, supermarkets and other retail food outlets in the borough that fall below the Food Standards Agencies’ (FSA) generally satisfactory level, 10 are deemed in need of urgent improvement with a zero rating for hygiene.

Major improvement is deemed necessary in 198 Trafford food businesses and 71 food establishments are in need of improvement.

The revelations have come as a result of a new ‘scores on the doors’ system run by the FSA in conjunction with Trafford Council.

The system, which gives food establishments a rating ranging from zero to a top mark of five and then encourages them to display their rating for customers to see, was officially launched in Trafford on July 18 and is being rolled out across England and Wales.

The ratings are given to businesses by environmental health officers based on their last inspection.

Although 241 Trafford food establishments were given the highest score available – a five rating of ‘very good’, 117 were given a four rating of ‘good’ and 114 were marked ‘generally satisfactory’, a large number of businesses were ranked in the bottom three categories.

Of the 10 businesses rated zero, three are in Old Trafford, three in Urmston, one in Altrincham and three in Sale.

In Old Trafford they are Spanish Wines on Skerton Road, Very Tasty on Ayres Road, Taftan Food on Chorlton Road.

In Urmston, Simpson Italian Takeaway on Station Road, Kulshi on Station Road and Blue Raj on Flixton Road.

The Bricklayers Arms on George Street in Altrincham was rated zero and in Sale the businesses with the lowest ratings are Rani Takeaway on Northenden Road, Indian Curry Cottage on Washway Road and Tastebuds on School Road.

Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Environment Transport and Operations, Peter Molyneux said he welcomed the introduction of this nationwide scheme.

“The food hygiene scheme is a huge step forward. For the first time local people and those visiting an area can check on the rating of food businesses they are considering using.

“Clearly it is disappointing when businesses receive a low rating, however local authorities, including Trafford, will work closely with these businesses to provide advice, guidance and support to bring about improvements.

“If businesses were unwilling to work with us to improve, as part of our statutory duty, we would, as always, look at taking enforcement action.

“However, I am confident by continuing to work with our local food businesses, we will not only see improved Food Standards Agency food hygiene ratings but also an improved customer experience and an increase in business for these establishments.”

Catriona Stewart, head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, said: “Food business that receive ratings of zero or one must make improvements to hygiene standards, and the food safety officer from the local authority will give advice and guidance to make sure these are made.

“If the officer thinks that food may not be safe to eat and there is an imminent risk to public health, they will take action and could close the business down.”

To view Trafford’s ratings visit ratings.food.gov.uk.