What the food inspectors found in York

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.

All the files opened so far can be found on this map and also at the noticeboard www.foodhygiene.n0tice.com.

To see the full report via WhatDoTheyKnow.com, click here.

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Gallery of images from Food Photo Day #foodphotoday2012

The pictures here are a selection of those entered during today’s Food Photo Day. If you want to see yours included there, the use the hashtag #foodphotoday2012 on instagram or twitter and make sure your location is enabled. I went a bit mad with a retro 1970s filter in instagram for mine – mouseover the images to see the photographer’s credit.

Ready for the first International Food Photography Day? #foodphotoday2012

Snapping that plate of food! Well, we all love doing it don’t we? Well I do, much to occasional embarrassment of family and friends. Whether it’s for the flickr group, blogging, foodpspotting, Instagram or Twitter, almost seems rude not to these days.

So whoever came up with the world’s first International Food Photography Day challenge for tomorrow would seem to be onto a winner – they want everyone to snap a meal and tweet it with the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012.

In Leeds there’s even a launch event going on to mark the occasion for invited guests ‘to celebrate food photography in all its tasty and delicious glory’.

The organisers explain:

“We are encouraging everyone to celebrate the art of food photography by taking a snap of their mid morning apple, a sandwich from their lunchbox, a takeaway curry or supper at a friend’s house.

“Everyone who takes part on Twitter using the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012 on Wednesday 14 November will automatically be entered into a draw to win the newly launched Canon EOS M. This compact system camera has been designed for people who use photography to share their everyday passions and combines the image quality of a DSLR in a compact and easy to use body.

“We hope you will be inspired to snap your crackle and pop at the breakfast table, get zoomy on your halloumi at lunch or simply shoot a winner at dinner – wherever you are with food on Wednesday 14 November, take a picture and create your own food masterpiece.

“Pictures on phones or cameras, whatever comes to hand, make this a day to remember, for an art form that has been around, astonishingly, for more than 150 years, recording and celebrating all aspects of the earth’s bounty.”

International Food Photography Day is conceived by the organisers of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 – I shall be adding my own tweet for the day and have also set up a little bot to track all of the tweets worldwide so that it’s easy to browse through them here: www.foodphotoday.n0tice.com.

What the food inspectors found in Richmondshire

This is a cross-posted item from the local noticeboard I run at www.richmond.n0tice.com. Although only two premises are involved, I thought it was worth adding to the larger investigation which I launched at the Guardian Northerner blog and which has now opened the files for Manchester, Middlesbrough, Carlise, Leeds and Sunderland.

More to come……

What the food inspectors found in Richmondshire #foi #food


New additions to the Northern Food Bloggers map

Image from Scobberlotch

Three new additions to the Northern Food Bloggers map  this weekend, please welcome them all via the link at the top of the page.
Firstly, Scobberlotch.
The word is helpfully defined:

scobberlotch: (v) to loaf around, doing nothing in particular.
This blog is created by a husband and wife blogging duo I was lucky enough to bump into at last week’s Sky Tyne and Wear event where we shared some tasty nibbles.
As the blog’s about us section explains:

“She stumbled across the word scobberlotch in a textbook during her first year of university. He discovered it again 2 years later and reminded her of their mutual love for the word. “

Secondly. Harriet Taste North East is another creation from the Newcastle area which I’ve been meaning to update here for a while so….apologies for the delay.

Finally, Mel J who writes about eating places in West Yorkshire got in touch via the old version of this blog and I’m not able to add the Yummy in Yorkshire blog.

Any more? If you think you belong there, please do let me know either here at the blog, via twitter @foodiesarah or email foodiesarah@me.com.