Dozens of Gwent food premises rated 1 or 0 for hygiene

Dozens of Gwent food premises rated 1 or 0 for hygiene

Dozens of Gwent food premises rated 1 or 0 for hygiene

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MORE than 180 food premises in Gwent have been given food hygiene ratings of one or zero, according to Plaid Cymru.

The party has discovered that 1,100 food premises across Wales have earned low zero or one food hygiene ratings.

Through freedom of information requests and publicly-accessible information Plaid discovered that, out of 3,870 food premises in Gwent, 187 have one of the bottom two ratings.

A zero rating indicates that urgent improvement is necessary while one means that major improvement is necessary.

The ratings are given to each business when it is inspected by a food safety officer, and shows how closely the business is meeting the needs of food hygiene law.

In Wales businesses who receive a new sticker with its rating will have to display it in a prominent place such as on a front door or an entrance.

Newport has 1,008 food premises – inspectors have handed out 41 one ratings and four zero ratings.

Some 29 food premises in Torfaen have a one rating and five have a zero, out a total of 549 premises.

Out of 499 food premises in Blaenau Gwent, none had a zero rating but 19 of them had a one rating.

In Caerphilly out of 1083 food premises just one had a zero rating while 56 had a 1 rating.

Monmouthshire had 731 food premises, with just one of those with a zero rating and 31 with a rating of one.

Lindsay Whittle, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East, said: “It is disappointing that more than 180 food premises across Gwent have a zero or one rating.

“The challenge for them is to urgently up their game considerably.

“Having said that, the vast majority of food premises in Gwent are of very good standard and I want to see all businesses aspire to that level.

“I’m pleased that the regulations now ensure that businesses must publish their ratings for the public to view.

“I would urge anyone that notices a food premises without a rating displayed to report them to their local authority.

“The interests and health of consumers must be priority and action taken against those traders who put people’s health at risk.”

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10:40am Wed 30 Apr 14

davies22 says...

Name and shame these places
Name and shame these places davies22
  • Score: 19

10:52am Wed 30 Apr 14

pds says...

It's public information, knock yourself out...

http://www.scoresont
hedoors.org.uk/searc
h_advanced.php?name=
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gbt_id=0&area=WA&cou
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It's public information, knock yourself out... http://www.scoresont hedoors.org.uk/searc h_advanced.php?name= &address=&postcode=& gbt_id=0&area=WA&cou nty=WA&client_id=&aw ard_score=fhrs1&awar d_range=eq#form pds
  • Score: 13

11:41am Wed 30 Apr 14

Abertillery29 says...

Surely these premises should have been shut until their ratings improved. They must be very bad to attract ratings of zero or one. We don't need any further problems in Wales with potentially very serious health issues caused by poor food premises.
Surely these premises should have been shut until their ratings improved. They must be very bad to attract ratings of zero or one. We don't need any further problems in Wales with potentially very serious health issues caused by poor food premises. Abertillery29
  • Score: 17

12:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

davies22 wrote:
Name and shame these places
You don't need to. There's a website which does just that already. See above.
[quote][p][bold]davies22[/bold] wrote: Name and shame these places[/p][/quote]You don't need to. There's a website which does just that already. See above. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Wed 30 Apr 14

DDDog1 says...

I see the Royal Gwent ward kitchen is rated two at the bottom,surely that's not good enough
I see the Royal Gwent ward kitchen is rated two at the bottom,surely that's not good enough DDDog1
  • Score: 17

12:10pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

davies22 wrote:
Name and shame these places
Fast food=junk food=poor hygiene, simples. why stop at food outlets ? many corner shops are a disgrace too. The issue seems to be no checks are made,and when they are these places aren't shut down when found poor,but given 2nd, 3rd or 4th opportunities to do it again.
[quote][p][bold]davies22[/bold] wrote: Name and shame these places[/p][/quote]Fast food=junk food=poor hygiene, simples. why stop at food outlets ? many corner shops are a disgrace too. The issue seems to be no checks are made,and when they are these places aren't shut down when found poor,but given 2nd, 3rd or 4th opportunities to do it again. Mervyn James
  • Score: 5

12:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Fairy Nuff says...

Hot Spot (Giro's) rated 1, still allowed to stay open until 4am every Bank Holiday Sunday.
Hot Spot (Giro's) rated 1, still allowed to stay open until 4am every Bank Holiday Sunday. Fairy Nuff
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

b3talover says...

davies22 wrote:
Name and shame these places
I have to say, for once I agree!

I'm thinking about setting up a website to do just that. I had food poisoning traced back to a business once. Worst two weeks of my life!
[quote][p][bold]davies22[/bold] wrote: Name and shame these places[/p][/quote]I have to say, for once I agree! I'm thinking about setting up a website to do just that. I had food poisoning traced back to a business once. Worst two weeks of my life! b3talover
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

inkyskin says...

the priory in caerleon has a food hygiene level of 1!
the priory in caerleon has a food hygiene level of 1! inkyskin
  • Score: 16

4:49pm Wed 30 Apr 14

crashintheattic says...

Spicy aroma = 0
Spicy aroma = 0 crashintheattic
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Howie' says...

Slow Boat @ the Handpost = 1
Slow Boat @ the Handpost = 1 Howie'
  • Score: 4

8:59pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pbhj says...

http://ratings.food.
gov.uk/enhanced-sear
ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de
sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/
1/1/10

Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest.

The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating.
http://ratings.food. gov.uk/enhanced-sear ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/ 1/1/10 Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest. The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating. pbhj
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Floppy backed says...

pbhj wrote:
http://ratings.food.

gov.uk/enhanced-sear

ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de

sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/

1/1/10

Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest.

The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating.
Well said... all of these are open to interpretation. Dont forget these are spot checks on one day and not an accurate opinion of a business for all the other days they are open. Just like a home kitchen - one day 5 stars next day 0 star. An older establishment with steps, chipped paint, will more than likely get less stars than a brand new kitchen yet do these check the nails and actual handwashing of the operators? Blood tests of the workers to check whether they are carrying something contagious? Did we used to survive without fridges? So many idiots around opening these takeaways with no knowledge of how dangerous food can be if not prepared or sourced properly. Yes, you get a certificate in food hygiene but that proves very little.

Whether you have a 5 star rating or not what is important is accurate records of the food chain, where these ingredients have come from - say chicken for instance, imported from around the world, bleached and full of chemicals, the amounts of bacteria these imported foods carry its not all about hygiene.

If a kitchen is dangerous then it would be closed down immediately.
[quote][p][bold]pbhj[/bold] wrote: http://ratings.food. gov.uk/enhanced-sear ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/ 1/1/10 Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest. The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating.[/p][/quote]Well said... all of these are open to interpretation. Dont forget these are spot checks on one day and not an accurate opinion of a business for all the other days they are open. Just like a home kitchen - one day 5 stars next day 0 star. An older establishment with steps, chipped paint, will more than likely get less stars than a brand new kitchen yet do these check the nails and actual handwashing of the operators? Blood tests of the workers to check whether they are carrying something contagious? Did we used to survive without fridges? So many idiots around opening these takeaways with no knowledge of how dangerous food can be if not prepared or sourced properly. Yes, you get a certificate in food hygiene but that proves very little. Whether you have a 5 star rating or not what is important is accurate records of the food chain, where these ingredients have come from - say chicken for instance, imported from around the world, bleached and full of chemicals, the amounts of bacteria these imported foods carry its not all about hygiene. If a kitchen is dangerous then it would be closed down immediately. Floppy backed
  • Score: 3

10:57pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Floppy backed says...

inkyskin wrote:
the priory in caerleon has a food hygiene level of 1!
Yet still has a big following, good food and never once read of someone going down with poisoning. Perhaps its just an old kitchen with steps, old paint, a broken door somewhere, a tiny area to clean down. Surely an old small kitchen without the expense of endless shiny chrome is going to get clobbered against Sir Terry's state of the art kitchen. Is this a real fair assumption of the real hygiene risk to patrons - probably not.
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: the priory in caerleon has a food hygiene level of 1![/p][/quote]Yet still has a big following, good food and never once read of someone going down with poisoning. Perhaps its just an old kitchen with steps, old paint, a broken door somewhere, a tiny area to clean down. Surely an old small kitchen without the expense of endless shiny chrome is going to get clobbered against Sir Terry's state of the art kitchen. Is this a real fair assumption of the real hygiene risk to patrons - probably not. Floppy backed
  • Score: -3

12:15am Thu 1 May 14

Mike0408 says...

davies22 wrote:
Name and shame these places
http://ratings.food.
gov.uk/enhanced-sear
ch/en-GB/%5E/%5E/des
c_rating/0/%5E/All/1
/1/10/True/51.58415/
-2.997664/3

check for your self :) it wont load for me now, keeps saying timed out, but if you look ok there you will find SO MANY places are rated 0
[quote][p][bold]davies22[/bold] wrote: Name and shame these places[/p][/quote]http://ratings.food. gov.uk/enhanced-sear ch/en-GB/%5E/%5E/des c_rating/0/%5E/All/1 /1/10/True/51.58415/ -2.997664/3 check for your self :) it wont load for me now, keeps saying timed out, but if you look ok there you will find SO MANY places are rated 0 Mike0408
  • Score: 1

9:20am Thu 1 May 14

cwmbran cook says...

i think all health services like hospitals homes ect should have a 5 we are looking after these people trying to get them back home fit and healthy i work in a home and happy and proud to say we have a 5 its all about careing for people and having pride in your job and surroundings more training i think would help x
i think all health services like hospitals homes ect should have a 5 we are looking after these people trying to get them back home fit and healthy i work in a home and happy and proud to say we have a 5 its all about careing for people and having pride in your job and surroundings more training i think would help x cwmbran cook
  • Score: -1

9:35am Thu 1 May 14

inkyskin says...

Mervyn James wrote:
davies22 wrote:
Name and shame these places
Fast food=junk food=poor hygiene, simples. why stop at food outlets ? many corner shops are a disgrace too. The issue seems to be no checks are made,and when they are these places aren't shut down when found poor,but given 2nd, 3rd or 4th opportunities to do it again.
odd thing to say when one of the kebab ( junk food shop to you ) has a rating of 5 and the priory in caerleon has a rating of 1. I know which one i'd rather eat in knowing that now.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davies22[/bold] wrote: Name and shame these places[/p][/quote]Fast food=junk food=poor hygiene, simples. why stop at food outlets ? many corner shops are a disgrace too. The issue seems to be no checks are made,and when they are these places aren't shut down when found poor,but given 2nd, 3rd or 4th opportunities to do it again.[/p][/quote]odd thing to say when one of the kebab ( junk food shop to you ) has a rating of 5 and the priory in caerleon has a rating of 1. I know which one i'd rather eat in knowing that now. inkyskin
  • Score: 5

2:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

pbhj wrote:
http://ratings.food.

gov.uk/enhanced-sear

ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de

sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/

1/1/10

Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest.

The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating.
The rating comprises of different aspects of the business.
A place can be clean and still be rated 1 if the paperwork is not up to date.
A lot of emphasis is on record keeping, plus the condition of the premises and the quality of management (book-keeping).
The paperwork is important though from a hygiene point of view in that temperatures have to be recorded and if they aren't then food may be cooked at the wrong temperature or refrigerated inappropriately.
[quote][p][bold]pbhj[/bold] wrote: http://ratings.food. gov.uk/enhanced-sear ch/en-GB/%5E/np20/de sc_rating/0/%5E/%5E/ 1/1/10 Will give you all the NP20 rated places from lowest to highest. The first hit on the list for me is a surprise as we've only ever had nice tasting food there and found the premises to appear pretty clean. There doesn't appear to be any information about specifics of why the particular rating was given at that time to that place; this is unfortunate as it makes it hard to assess how much heed should be paid to the rating.[/p][/quote]The rating comprises of different aspects of the business. A place can be clean and still be rated 1 if the paperwork is not up to date. A lot of emphasis is on record keeping, plus the condition of the premises and the quality of management (book-keeping). The paperwork is important though from a hygiene point of view in that temperatures have to be recorded and if they aren't then food may be cooked at the wrong temperature or refrigerated inappropriately. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Thu 1 May 14

-trigg- says...

So the rules say that all businesses that receive a star rating have to display it prominently, however if they've received a 0 or 1 then they're clearly not obeying the hygiene regulations and so are unlikely to obey the regulations regarding the stickers.

My suggestion would be to not only avoid anywhere with a 0 or 1 star rating, but also anywhere else where the rating sticker isn't clearly visible.
So the rules say that all businesses that receive a star rating have to display it prominently, however if they've received a 0 or 1 then they're clearly not obeying the hygiene regulations and so are unlikely to obey the regulations regarding the stickers. My suggestion would be to not only avoid anywhere with a 0 or 1 star rating, but also anywhere else where the rating sticker isn't clearly visible. -trigg-
  • Score: 5

10:01am Fri 2 May 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

-trigg- wrote:
So the rules say that all businesses that receive a star rating have to display it prominently, however if they've received a 0 or 1 then they're clearly not obeying the hygiene regulations and so are unlikely to obey the regulations regarding the stickers.

My suggestion would be to not only avoid anywhere with a 0 or 1 star rating, but also anywhere else where the rating sticker isn't clearly visible.
That is a correct observation and they can be fined for not displaying the sticker.
As you have pointed out, many chose to disregard this as it is obviously not good for business.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: So the rules say that all businesses that receive a star rating have to display it prominently, however if they've received a 0 or 1 then they're clearly not obeying the hygiene regulations and so are unlikely to obey the regulations regarding the stickers. My suggestion would be to not only avoid anywhere with a 0 or 1 star rating, but also anywhere else where the rating sticker isn't clearly visible.[/p][/quote]That is a correct observation and they can be fined for not displaying the sticker. As you have pointed out, many chose to disregard this as it is obviously not good for business. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 0

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