Takeaway soars from zero to four-star rating in weeks

Manzil Takeaway, Adelphi Street, Preston
Manzil Takeaway, Adelphi Street, Preston
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A Preston takeaway given a zero rating by health inspectors earlier this year has now risen to four stars.

The Manzil takeaway in Adelphi Street was among the two lowest scoring premises in a list of 29 outlets identified by Preston Council in January.

Takeaways, restaurants, market stalls, sandwich shops and even a school canteen ​were among the outlets offered free food hygiene coaching by environmental health officers.

Preston Council wrote to establishments with a history of poor inspection performance and Food Standards Agency ratings of two or lower out of five.

Manzil was among the lowest scoring premises in a list of outlets targeted by environmental health officers.

Manzil owner Abdul Majeed said he was delighted with the new rating.​

Mr Majeed, who has owned the business since March last year, said he had personally taken over management of the shop when problems were highlighted.

He said: “We knew we had to act quickly and the council has helped us a lot. The improvement has happened very quickly.”

The list for action was based on inspections carried out by the council on behalf of the Food Standards Agency .

A council spokesman said: “The owner of Manzil takeaway has taken on board recommendations from the environmental health team and made improvements to his premises.

“This is part of a larger project involving around 40 previously low-rated premises.

“A number of businesses have already improved, and by the end of March we anticipate more previously poorly-performing food businesses to have taken advantage of the offer of guidance regarding how they can improve.”

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