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More than 60 food hygiene warnings handed out by inspectors in Fenland, figures show

By Fenland Citizen Reporter

More than 60 written warnings were handed out to businesses in Fenland for food hygiene issues over the last year, due to problems such as cleanliness and separation of foods.

60 food hygiene warnings issued in Fenland. (4477288)
60 food hygiene warnings issued in Fenland. (4477288)

Data from the Food Standards Agency shows the results of food hygiene intervention inspections in the local authority, over the 12 months to April.

The businesses inspected are mostly restaurants, but include any establishment which handles unpacked food including farms, manufacturers and catering companies.

Inspectors assessed 822 businesses and handed out 64 written warnings in Fenland.

Any breach of food hygiene regulations can lead to a written warning. Breaches include problems with cleanliness, training of staff, record keeping, washing facilities and separation of cooked and raw foods.

Officials consider the seriousness of the case, as well as the co-operation of the business, before deciding on what action to take.

As well as the written warnings, in Fenland there were 44 detention notices, 30 food seizures and five hygiene improvement notices. Inspectors carried out one successful prosecution in court, for food hygiene breaches.

High risk scores were given to one business. This means they need to be inspected again within six months.

This rating is different from the 0 to 5 score that restaurants and takeaways display in their windows, as it is an indicator of when officials need to assess the business again.

A business which gets a high risk rating is "highly likely" to have breached food hygiene regulations, according to the FSA.

However it could also be because of its trade, such as large scale manufacturers with lots of customers or businesses that carry out specialist procedures.

An FSA spokesman encouraged people who see bad food hygiene to report it to the council.

She said: "You can report poor hygiene practices in a restaurant, store or other food outlet to the business's local authority at https://www.food.gov.uk/contact/consumers/report-problem/report-poor-hygiene-practices."

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