17 February, 2011

Food Standard Agency - Hygiene Results

Redhill Town Centre #1
Wow, spotted this over at Hint of Sarcasm and thought I would check it out, unfortunately Tower Hamlets doesn't seem to have published theirs yet, so I can't tell how well Canary Wharf has been scrubbed, but Reigate and Banstead have managed to get their act together and pop their results online - 756 pubs, mini-marts and restaurants (and there are some *serious* shocks!)...Basically, what each local authority has been tasked with doing is visiting and inspecting each place of preparation/sale of food and giving them a public rating (between 0 and 5) based on (and I quote) "how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored. The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe", in this ranking system a 1 means "Urgent Improvement Necessary" and a 5 means "Very Good" (to put it very simply, anything above a 3 is a "pass")...I guess if you get zero they wrap the place in blue plastic and send in the exterminators... ;)

You can search your area here, but to summarise Redhill/Earlswood (for example), the *vast* majority of places are comfortable 5s, but there are a couple of real shockers, Moza (the Indian that replaced my favorite one when it closed down) in Earlswood got 1 out of 5! Won't be going there ever again then! The Abbot Public House (on the roundabout opposite the station in central Redhill) - 1 out of 5 (thank goodness I've never eaten there)! Redhill Fish Bar (the one near Earlswood station which we usually use for our fish and chips if Flyingpops comes to pick me up) 2 out of 5! Think we'll be finding a new chip shop!

Believe it or not, Reigate has a *lot* more problems than Redhill(!) - *ALL* 1 out of 5 - The Skimmington Castle, Fillz in Bell Street, Katies Confectionery, The Market Hotel, Reigate Kitchen, The Barley Mow, Gates Cafe and Reigate Kebab and Burger House (so that's about half the town)! 2 out of 5 - La Bottega, Corner Cafe (in Woodhatch) and C P Easton Traditional Family Butchers...all places now on my "Do not visit" list... :(

Of course this pales into insignificance compared to searching for "Croydon" where (when sorted by ranking) the first seven *pages* are all *zero* rated followed by 24 pages of venues (including several day nurseries and a multitude of Halal butchers, from whom you would expect a little better) rate 1 out of 5...so it just looks like (if you care about your/your families health) just forget eating *anywhere* in the Croydon area full stop... (without due diligence) it's totally shocking and disgusting... :0

I can't believe there hasn't been more fuss made about this, it's actually a really important public resource - so don't delay, check out where you are planning on eating tonight...(urm)...today! Your tummy may very well thank you very kindly...Spread the word! ;)

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