A vegan shop in West Yorkshire has been given a one-star food safety and hygiene rating after inspectors discovered a number of faults, including food past its best before date.
The owner of Artichoke Natural Foods in Sowerby Bridge has been urged to make a number of immediate improvements following a visit from two Calderdale Council inspectors. The West Street store received a modest one-star rating, meaning that “major improvements” were needed.
The council released details of the report following a request under the Freedom of Information Act. He said: “During the inspection of your premises, it became clear that you have not done enough to identify, control and monitor all the steps and activities of your food business which are necessary to ensure the safety of certain food.
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“New regulations that apply from January 2006 also say you must write simple details about what you do to prepare food that is safe to eat.”
At the time of the Jan. 26 inspection, inspectors found food past its best before date – plant-based nuggets, plant-based dark soy and garlic chunks, and chocolate.
The council told the store: “Food sold past its best before date may be of poor quality or unfit. It is an offense to sell or display for sale food with an expired best before date. “
Inspectors found equipment that was not clean, including a freezer/refrigerator door handle and seal and a counter unit. Cutting boards were found stored on the kitchen floor.
The “toilet compartment” turned out to be dirty, according to the inspectors. The owner was asked to clean the paint, floor and walls and “thoroughly clean the WC compartment, as well as declutter the surrounding area to minimize any risk of food contamination”.
Upon inspection, a number of areas were found to be dirty including counter shelves, plinths, pantry and scullery.
The store and stash shelves were not suitable for use in a room where food is stored. “Bare wood cannot be kept clean and harbors dirt and bacteria,” the report adds.
The store owner was told not to store outdoor clothing and coats in a ‘connecting room’.
Inspectors also found an “excessive accumulation of waste in the kitchen and store”, which, according to the inspectors, “needs to be cleaned up immediately and provisions must be made to prevent food waste and other waste from accumulating at inside the store.
The one-star rating is published on the Scores on the Doors website. The brief entry for Artichoke Natural Foods says improvements are needed in food hygiene and safety and major improvements are needed in management, while “structural compliance” was rated as “generally satisfactory. “.
YorkshireLive approached Artichoke Natural Foods for a response to the hygiene note and council report. They declined to comment.