What the food inspectors found in Leeds

The latest part of my investigation into the food premises which received zero ratings during their hygiene inspections is now in and we can see what happened at Leeds takeaways.

Back in July  I started asking various councils across the north of England to open up their files and share what the inspectors found in your take-aways, restaurants and food stores.

The last council to respond has been Leeds which has now detailed the six premises judged to need “urgent action”.

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.”

The six were:

* Wike Ridge Inn, Leeds Golf Centre, Wike Ridge Lane, Alwoodley , Leeds LS17 9JW.
Last inspected 11.03.2011. Next Inspection due 9.8.12

* Chapeltown Supermarket, 170 Chapeltown Road
Chapeltown, Leeds LS7 4HP. Last inspected 11.03.2011. Next inspection due 11.9.12
(Note: this report hasn’t been posted yet)

* Shaan Pizza 27 Harehills Road, Leeds LS8 5HR.
Inspected 8.3.12
Next Inspection due 7.9.12

* Kamrans Tandoori, 77 King Street, Drighlington, Bradford. BD11 1EJ
Inspected 6.3.12
Next Inspection due 6.3.12

* Shawarma 73A Raglan Road, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DZ
Inspected 7.3.12
Next Inspection due 7.9.12

* The Jade, 254 Tong Road, Farnley, Leeds LS12 3BG
Inspected 29.2.12
Next Inspection due 29.8.12

You can now read the full findings from the inspections of each of the premises by clicking on the appropriate place on the map or by downloading them here.

I used the Freedom of Information Act to ask five cities – Sunderland, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Manchester and Leeds – to supply these details of the premises which their inspectors rated zero in the past year using a process that is open to anyone.

If you’d like to know what the inspector found in your local take-away, you can also join in with the investigation in other locations. The full instructions of how to submit a simple Freedom of Information Request and add your results to the map can be found here.

Recreating the Chicken Parmo experience at home

It’s a brave food blogger who takes on a modern regional classic! I was interested to see this recipe to create the Teesside favourite of chicken parmo for a dining-in audience. The WWfoodie offers the full ingredients and methods for this ‘fakeaway’ along with the helpful accompanying serving suggestion:

“Serve your Parmesan with oven chips and a sharp little salad of cherry tomatoes dressed in balsamic vinegar.”

Enjoy 😉

Food campaigners to take on the take-aways

The Talking Food: Taking Action Campaign Weekend has been taking place in Chester.

I’ve been following the live blog of the event here as participants from The Food Insiders’ Inquiry, the Lancashire Inquiry, the Cumbria Inquiry, the Merseyside and Cheshire Inquiry, the Greater Manchester Inquiry and the Young People’s Inquiry tackled some of the issues raised in food inquiries which have taken place over the past ten months to come up with a ‘local vision for food’.

The impact of take-aways got a lot of attention with the participants pledging to take action;

“The target here is to reduce the number of unhealthy takeaways so that means targeting local council planning departments, via councillors, because they have the power to make decisions to change things. MPs will also be targeted to address this isssue by reducing takeaways via the Localism Bill.”

In brief, the campaigns agreed after the two days were:

Education (1)– Access to healthy food education for adults and communities.

Education (2)– Better healthy food lessons in all schools.

Takeaways – Reduce the contribution of takeaways to unhealthy eating in the North West.

Advertising – Reduce the influence of junk food advertising aimed at kids, teens and adults.

Plenty more about the event and the detail of those campaigns here.