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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Hygiene inspectors tell Carlisle restaurant to clean up its act

Hygiene inspectors who visited three food businesses in Carlisle have criticised them all, and said one is in need of “major improvement”.

The harshest criticism – and the order to improve in a major way within four weeks – was reserved for the Imperial Dragon Restaurant in London Road.

During their visit in December, inspectors found a catalogue of problems.

They included:

  • “Grubby containers” used to store seasonings;
  • Mouldy walls in a passageway near a storeroom;
  • An inadequate supply of cleaning materials;
  • Grease-covered light switches and a rusty freezer;
  • “Grubby” WCs;
  • Tepid water from the kitchen taps;
  • An unclean wooden chopping block and stainless steel work surface;
  • Congealed and unusable soap in the dispensers next to wash basins.

The inspection report adds: “The general state of cleanliness of the kitchen structure and of the equipment in the kitchen was an indication that cleaning was inadequate and infrequent. I would advise that the kitchen is deep cleaned.”

Also criticised after an inspection in November was the New Century Chinese Take-away, which is in Edward Street, Carlisle. The report said there was a gap under the kitchen door, through which pests could get into the premises.

It noted the premises as they were at the time of the inspection would be difficult to keep clean.

Inspectors also visited the Daily Baguette, in Botchergate at the end of November. They called for a repair of two holes in the kitchen wall behind a freezer so that the surface could be kept clean.

The inspectors also found the interior and the lid seals on the chest freezer in the premises were dirty, as was the floor covering.

Commenting on the food on display in the shop, the inspection report added: “The temperature of the food in the sandwich display refrigerator... was at 9.7c.

“These foods are likely to support the growth of food poisoning bacteria or the formation of toxins and must not be stored above 8c.

You must either adjust or service the refrigerator. If the refrigerator is not able to hold high risk food at 8c or below it must be replaced.”

The News & Star invited all three businesses to comment but none have responded.

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