Four Sheffield businesses given zero ratings by food inspectors are celebrating after turning standards around.
Koh-I-Noor, Chikoo’s Takeaway, Wincobank Deli and Charleys Pantry have all now passed fresh hygiene inspections.
The Star reported in January that the four businesses were among almost 800 firms across South Yorkshire listed as not meeting minimum standards. But all four Sheffield businesses that had the worst zero rating have had their improvements officially recognised.
Chikoo’s Takeaway on London Road, Wincobank Deli on Wincobank Avenue and Charley’s Pantry on Wostenholm Road now all have three ratings, while Koh-I-Noor on Handsworth Road has a four.
Michael Bluff, principal officer for Sheffield Council’s food safety team, said all the businesses have been provided with advice on how they make further improvements.
He said: “Each business has been written to, which details the improvements that need to be made in order to receive the top rating of five.”
Mr Bluff said the ‘vast majority’ of businesses in Sheffield meet the correct hygiene standards, with more than 90 per cent having a rating of three or above.
He said those businesses deemed to be failing are subjected to repeat inspections until their standards are deemed to have reached an acceptable level.
Mr Bluff said: “All premises that are rated two or below and are non-compliant are revisited until we are satisfied that the business is safe and that the necessary improvements to increase their rating have been made.
“Since April to December the team have made 363 revisits, which includes 74 premises being re-rated.”
Rashid Mahmood, owner of Koh-I-Noor for around 18 years, said he was delighted with the new rating and said the zero score had been a ‘misunderstanding’. He said he had not been present when the inspection that resulted in the low rating took place and the chef dealing with it had limited English which made it difficult to explain procedures.
Mr Mahmood thanked customers for sticking by the business and said he was pleased a higher rating is now back in place.
He said: “The inspector was very pleased with everything. We have improved and we make sure everything is great every single day and everything is nice and tidy.”
An improved rating has also been granted to Chikoo’s Takeaway, with inspectors noting ‘significant improvements’ had been made. Speaking prior to the new rating, Charley’s Pantry owner Alan Humphreys said his business had made a raft of improvements to the building.
He said none of the reasons given for the previous low rating were related to food preparation and improvements had been made to tiles, with new cladding put in. Also speaking before the new rating was confirmed, Lee Wilson, owner of Wincobank Deli, said he had taken over the business in the summer and a series of improvements have now been made, with new equipment brought in.
Figures from the Food Standards Agency in January showed 764 firms across the region were listed as failing to meet the minimum three out of five-star rating in inspections.
More than 270 businesses in Rotherham were not up to standard, along with 195 in Sheffield, 167 in Doncaster and 127 in Barnsley. Food inspectors rated 27 companies as zero stars.