Lack of cleanliness, the discovery of a rat’s nest, and lack of proper clothing led to the Wight Grill House in Newport receiving a “Major improvement needed” rating from food hygiene inspectors.

The Isle of Wight Council’s environmental health team visited the High Street establishment on May 9 and found a number of serious faults in the operation of the takeaway, which led to the publication of 4 major improvement notices.

They found the level of cleanliness to be poor, including light switches and door handles, the floor around the freezers, a dirty extractor fan and around the threshold of the fridge and freezer. Inspectors also discovered that raw meat was stored next to cabbages and coleslaw and next to the cold drink fridge.

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During the inspection, it was discovered that a number of foods, including raw meat, coleslaw, salads and pizza toppings, had not been marked with the date on which they were prepared, thawed or opened and when they were to be used.

The full report said officials did not know how to use the Safer Food Better Business pack to manage food hygiene safely and other documentation was incomplete. Staff members were also not wearing protective clothing such as; aprons, fishnets and jackets.

Other issues found include; trash cans in a dirty condition, rubble on the floor, unnoticed rat nests, buildup of food particles and dirt on the vinyl floor and the wall behind the rear work surface was covered with vinyl flooring and duct tape , preventing it from being effectively cleaned.

Food Hygiene Assessment – Door Scores

Compliance with hygiene and food safety procedures – 10
Compliance with structural requirements – 15
Confidence in management/control procedures – 20

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Total rating: 45 (1 rating)

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