Mice and cockroach infestations resulted in six Sheffield businesses being shut down by food inspectors last year, it has been revealed.
The businesses – which have all now reopened following hygiene improvements – are among almost 800 restaurants, pubs, takeaways and other businesses that have failed food safety inspections in South Yorkshire over the past two years.
No formal closures have been ordered since April but four city businesses have received zero star ratings ordering urgent improvements to be carried out.
All the closed businesses say they have made improvements since the inspections, with some now under new management. They have all undergone fresh inspections and been signed off as safe for business.
Michael Bluff, principal officer for Sheffield Council’s food safety team, said formal closures ordered through the courts are only done as a ‘last resort’ when there is thought to be a risk to the public.
During the 2013/14 financial year, closures were ordered at the Crown Bakery on Tannery Street, Woodhouse, Chino’s takeaway on London Road, Candytown Chinese Restaurant on London Road, Lana Bakery – now known as Lana Pizza – on Barnsley Road, Longley and Tinsley Mini Market on Norborough Road after evidence of rodents were found.
Manu Salwa BBQ House on The Wicker was shut after cockroaches were discovered.
Manu Salwa now has the highest-possible five-star rating, with its latest inspection taking place in mid-December.
Javad Khan, the new owner of Manu Salwa, said he had taken over the business after the closure had occurred and did not know the circumstances of what had happened. He said since the business came under new ownership staff have worked hard to maintain the highest-possible standards.
Crown Bakery is also now under new ownership and Simon Young, who took over in October, said the issue had occurred over a year ago under the businesses previous management.
He said he was ‘100 per cent confident’ the company, which supplies food to other businesses rather than selling directly to the public, will not suffer any future problems.
“This is effectively a brand new business and we have updated everything,” he said. “Our customers can be 100 per cent confident in us.”
Bilal Fazal, owner of Chino’s, said his business was only closed for a few days to deal with the pests and has been given positive subsequent inspections by council officials.
“We got everything updated and basically we got it all refurbished with new equipment,” he said.
“They came again and inspected the premises, had a look at everything and said this is spot on and were very happy with the standards.”
The most recently-published rating for Chino’s is three – an assessment meaning a business has satisfactory standards.
A spokesman for Candytown said the business had closed at the same time as the neighbouring Chino’s to allow improvements to be made. She said the second-floor restaurant had shut for a few days to allow repairs to take place.
Candytown is now rated by inspectors as ‘good’, with a four-star rating.
The worker said: “Customers can be very confident. There is nothing wrong. We are very good and have had very good environmental reports. After we finished the repairs and reopened, the inspectors were very happy.”
Tinsley Mini Market’s most recently-published rating is one star, the same as Lana Pizza.
A staff member at Lana Pizza said the business had reopened under a new name following the issue last year. He said improvements were continuing to be made to hygiene standards.
No one at Tinsley Mini Market could be reached for comment.
Mr Bluff said last year more than 3,600 businesses were inspected in Sheffield, with 90 per cent passing their inspections. He said businesses are usually keen to address problems and the number of zero-rated businesses dropped from seven to one over last year as improvements were made.
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