A number of takeaway restaurants in Hull have been warned that they are failing to comply with hygiene regulations and must now do more to ensure their premises are suitable for preparing and serving food to members of the public.
The Hull Daily Mail has told how some 19 takeaways in the city have been awarded a zero rating in their latest hygiene inspection. This means almost half of the 49 businesses in Hull to have this score are takeaways.
In addition to those with a zero ranking, there are many more that have attracted just one star out of five. As such, they are also inadequately prepared for use as a food business.
"Takeaways make up the majority of zero and one ratings that we give out. When we give out those ratings, we offer a lot of advice and support and inspect the premises again quickly," explained the city council's principal environmental health officer Paul Turner.
Spending some cash on the latest cleaning products and instructing staff to use them to great effect could be a good starting point for many organisations working with food.
A fish and chip shop in Chapel Street is one of those businesses to have been given a grade of one and owner Bob Carver is said to have made changes as a result. This is the result the council's environmental team is looking for once it has classified a restaurant as being below par.
Latino's Takeaway in Southcoates Lane is another to have been highlighted for its poor rating, with staff found to have been using dirty cloths and a lack of hot water discovered. Again, these are issues that have to be dealt with.
Failure to act on hygiene concerns could be damaging for firms, as not only may they face further poor ratings, but they can also find their reputation takes a knock. It is now so easy to find out the latest hygiene inspection results so members of the public may be put off poorly performing eateries.