A branch of KFC has been told its hygiene standards are below par, just a few weeks after it opened its doors to the public for the first time.
The fast food restaurant in Yeovil, Somerset scored just one star out of five in its first hygiene inspection, a little under two weeks into its existence. This is Somerset noted this means major improvements are urgently required in order to bring the eatery up to the level demanded.
A score of one is the second lowest mark available from the Food Standards Agency and could be a significant cause of concern for KFC bosses.
Despite the organisation's findings, the restaurant chain said hygiene remains a priority and it is doing all it can to improve the venue. A spokesman admitted the restaurant did not live up to the high standards KFC sets on the day of its inspection as building work was ongoing.
He added it is confident that the incident was a one-off, a theory that is backed up by the return of environmental chiefs two days later that led to them declaring themselves pleased with the store.
Martin Hacker, communications officer at South Somerset District Council, added: "The officer scored the premises one out of five. An officer returned to the premises 24 hours after the initial inspection where things had drastically improved but of course the score would still have to stand from that initial inspection/visit."
Restaurants will be only too aware of the dangers associated with substandard hygiene on their premises. As well as the potential to cause illness, poor inspection results can have a negative impact on the reputation of an establishment and may put off local consumers.
It seems KFC has acted quickly to ensure the problems at its Yeovil eatery were relatively short-lived.
Other businesses might now be wise to follow its example if they feel they are falling short in any area that is likely to be picked up in their next inspection.