Bury St Edmunds takeaway awarded zero hygiene rating following inspection
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A Chinese takeaway in Bury St Edmunds voluntarily closed down for a night after “a number of significant issues” were discovered following a hygiene inspection.
Jasmine, in Cadogan Road, has now been awarded a zero hygiene rating after the visit from the environmental health team at West Suffolk councils last month.
Following advice from the council, the takeaway agreed to voluntarily close to carry out a “deep clean” and dispose of any redundant items or potentially contaminated foods, according to the report.
The environmental health team returned the next day and said significant improvements had been made, and the business was allowed to reopen.
Belinda Betham, environmental health officer, said in the report: “At the time of my inspection of your premises on November 9, 2017, standards witnessed fell well below the required legal minimum, and you agreed to voluntarily close the premises to attend to urgent cleaning and housekeeping tasks.
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“Standards had improved on November 10, which enabled you to reopen the business.”
The report also said that all food handlers employed in the business require training or retraining in food hygiene matters.
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A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said enforcement action is only taken as a “last resort”.
He said: “Our main role is to support businesses and help protect our communities. Our officers continue to work closely with the business in order to make further improvements based on good working practices.
“Our commercial environmental health team support and assist businesses to comply with the law whenever possible, with enforcement action being taken only as a last resort.
“The council aims to boost the local economy and in doing so support local traders.”
A spokesman for Jasmine said the business improved greatly following the initial visit and that they are “confident” they will improve their rating at the next inspection.
He said: “We are very sorry for this incident. At the time our kitchen was a bit messy. But the next day the council came again and said it was very good.”
The takeaway will be inspected again within a year.