Preston takeaway told ‘major improvements' needed after scoring 1-out-of-5 in hygiene inspection

A takeaway in Preston has been given a one out of five rating for food hygiene after a recent inspection.

By Matthew Calderbank
Monday, 11th April 2022, 11:52 am
Updated Monday, 11th April 2022, 1:15 pm

Mr Fredy’s in Blackpool Road – which sells pizzas, burgers and kebabs – was given the low rating after being inspected by food safety officer's from Preston City Council on Tuesday, March 15.

The result, published by the Food Standards Agency, said ‘major improvements are necessary’, particularly in the management of food safety.

This includes having systems or checks in place to ensure that food is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and that the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in the future.

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Mr Fredy's in Blackpool Road, Preston was given a score of 1 out of 5 after a visit by the Food Standards Agency on March 15

It said improvements were also necessary in regards to its cleanliness and the condition of its kitchen, including ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control.

In relation to food handling, Mr Fredy’s hygiene standards were found to be ‘generally satisfactory’, with inspectors “satisfied with the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of food”.

Preston City Council declined our request for the food safety officer’s full report, on which this rating is based.

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Mr Fredy's takeaway in Blackpool Road, Preston was awarded a hygiene score of just 1 out of 5 after an assessment on March 15

How do food safety inspector’s judge a business?

Following a food hygiene inspection by a food safety officer, a business is rated from zero to five, with five representing a very good premises and zero for those that need urgent improvement.

Businesses which are given low ratings must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards.

The local authority food safety officer has several enforcement options available, as well as giving advice and guidance to make sure these improvements are made.

The food safety officer will also tell the business how quickly these improvements must be made and this will depend on the type of issue that needs to be addressed.