Food hygiene standards on the up after latest round of visits

David Cinavas of "five star" Holbeach Fish Bar
David Cinavas of "five star" Holbeach Fish Bar
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Food hygeine standards at businesses in South Holland have improved even more following the latest round of inspections.

Those receiving five star (very good) ratings after visits from food safety officers rose from 338 (54 per cent) to 352 (56 per cent) during January.

Some 172 (27 per cent) have four stars (good) and 93 businesses have three stars (15 per cent), meaning they are generally satisfactory.

Just 10 premises have been given two stars (one per cent), which means improvement necessary and seven have one star (one per cent) – major improvement necessary.

There were no zero (urgent improvement necessary) ratings issued.

Nineteen inspections have been made in the last few weeks with the following 15 awarded five stars:

• Abbey Pre-School, Postland Road, Crowland.

• ADL Dairy Products, private address registered with district council.

• Bridge Superstores, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge.

• Greencore Restaurant, Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck.

• Holbeach Fish Bar, Fleet Street, Holbeach.

• Hop In Restaurant, High Road, Weston.

• Little Oaks Childcare, Fulney Hall, Holbeach Road, Spalding.

• Othellos Bakery,High Street, Long Sutton.

• Phoenix, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge.

• Phoenix Montessori Nursery, United Reformed Church, London Road, Long Sutton.

• St John’s Care Home, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding.

• The Bancroft Residential Home, Market Street, Long Sutton.

• The Baytree Coffee Lounge, Baytree Nurseries Garden Centre, Weston.

• The Bell Inn, Austendyke Road, Weston Hills.

• Woodhouse Farm Lodge, Holbeach Road, Spalding.

None were given four stars in the most recent inspections, and the following four were awarded three stars:

• Crowland Cake Creations, private address registered with district council.

• Julia Polish Shop, High Street, Holbeach.

• Love Coffee, Unit 28, Springfields Outlet Centre, Camelgate, Spalding.

• The Lincolnshire Poacher, Double Street, Spalding.

There were no two, one or zero ratings in the recent inspections.

David Cinavas, the delighted owner of the five-star Holbeach Fish Bar, said: “The rating gives everybody the security and satisfaction of knowing that the system is of value to the public as well as the shop owners.”

The purpose of inspections is to ensure all food businesses maintain satisfactory hygiene and cleanliness standards.

The officer looks at: how hygienically the food is handled; how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored; the condition of the buildings and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.