The latest files from food inspections I’ve been able to open up come from the foodie capital of Yorkshire – York.
The two files added to the map join part of a wider investigation across the north of England to find out what having a ‘zero rated’ premises really means.
Every council area carries out these regular inspections and the findings lead to the scores which should be displayed prominently on every restaurant, cafe, work canteens and take-away.
As the Food Standards Agency explains: “The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are rated on a scale. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ – this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is ‘5’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good.”
But what diners and shoppers aren’t told is what exactly led to the premises being zero rated and requiring urgent improvement.
In York, there were two – Freshways which required thorough cleaning and the Grange Hotel where staff needed advice about the correct temperatures for reheated food.
Unusually, the council decided to withhold information about four other premises where legal action may be pending. Those premises are:
- Jumbo Chinese Buffet, 2 George Hudson Street, York
- Shambles Butchers, 2 Little Shambles, York, YO1 7LY
- Maxis Restaurant ,Ings Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6R
- Oven Gloves Bakery ,47-48 Auster Road, York, YO30 4XA
The customer complaints officer explained: “Our reason for withholding the information is that we currently have ongoing investigations which may result in legal proceedings. This information is excepted from disclosure under Section (5)(b) of the Regulations, as disclosure could adversely affect the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature.
“Whilst we accept that there is a strong public interest in disclosure of such information, we consider that the public interest in upholding the ability of the authority to conduct criminal proceedings is stronger and the exemption should be upheld.”
The files will be made available at a later date once the authorities have concluded their investigations.
To see the full report via WhatDoTheyKnow.com, click here.