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Two Swansea takeaways given zero food rating - but standards are rising

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

By Geraint Thomas / geraint.thomas@swwmedia.co.uk / @ThomasTheNews

  • Bengal Spice Fine Indian Takeaway in Cockett.

  • Mount Pleasant's Tasty Cantonese takeaway.

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TWO Swansea takeaways have been given zero ratings following visits by Food Standards Agency inspectors this year.

More than 1,000 food-related Swansea businesses are now rated on a national website, giving customers a better idea of their hygiene levels.

Of these the Bengal Spice Fine Indian Cuisine, in Town Hill Road, Cockett, and Tasty Cantonese Takeaway, in Norfolk Street, Mount Pleasant, failed to score anything on criteria such as how food is prepared, cooked and stored; the condition of the premises and how food safety within the business is managed.

And around 80 other of Swansea's restaurants, pubs, takeaways and hotels have a rating of just one.

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The scores are available to view by the public on the Food Standards Agency website and businesses that have been inspected are forced to display their food hygiene rating at the entrances or in the windows of their premises.

If they don't comply they could be slapped with a £200 fine or have a day in court.

Of the two only the Bengal Spice displayed a zero rating in its window.

In November, 2013, the owner of the Tasty Cantonese Takeaway pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006 and was fined £4,000.

No one from either the Bengal Spice or Tasty Cantonese Takeaway were available to comment.

Failing businesses are entitled to lodge an appeal and are given time to carry out improvements before a follow-up inspection.

A spokesman for the council said that both businesses would receive follow-up visits from the officers to check that they are making improvements.

Recently the same spokesman said: "We did a lot of work alongside the Food Standards Agency to raise awareness of the system put in place late last year that made it mandatory for businesses to put their food hygiene ratings on display in prominent places like their front doors and windows.

"Current figures show that 88 per cent of Swansea's food businesses have now achieved a score of three or more and this will give residents and visitors to Swansea confidence that the place they are visiting to eat is clean and well managed."

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  • tastychinese  |  May 30 2014, 8:16PM

    Nothing better to do than keep publishing the same story...get facts right first !,,,!,,,

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