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Hundreds of food hygiene warnings handed out in Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2018

Inspectors assessed 757 businesses and handed out 202 written warnings. Photo: PA

Inspectors assessed 757 businesses and handed out 202 written warnings. Photo: PA

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Hundreds of written warnings were handed out to businesses in Dartford for food hygiene issues over the last year, due to problems such as cleanliness and separation of foods.

Data from the Food Standards Agency shows the results of food hygiene intervention inspections in the local authority, over the 12 months to April.

The businesses inspected are mostly restaurants, but include any establishment which handles unpacked food including farms, manufacturers and catering companies.

Inspectors assessed 932 businesses and handed out 284 written warnings in Dartford.

Any breach of food hygiene regulations can lead to a written warning. Breaches include problems with cleanliness, training of staff, record keeping, washing facilities and separation of cooked and raw foods.

Officials consider the seriousness of the case, as well as the co-operation of the business, before deciding on what action to take.

As well as the written warnings, in Dartford there was one food seizure and one detention notice.

High risk scores were given to six businesses. This means they need to be inspected again within six months.

This rating is different from the 0 to 5 score that restaurants and takeaways display in their windows, as it is an indicator of when officials need to assess the business again.

A business which gets a high risk rating is “highly likely” to have breached food hygiene regulations, according to the FSA.

However it could also be because of its trade, such as large scale manufacturers with lots of customers or businesses that carry out specialist procedures.

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