Takeaways back on the up

Chilli Hut owner Sunny Shahid outside the premises.
Chilli Hut owner Sunny Shahid outside the premises.
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The food of love will be served up with no zero ratings this Valentine’s Day after two eateries in South Holland in urgent need of attention were given the thumbs-up.

Last week, the Spalding Guardian reported that previously zero-rated Toppings in Westlode Street, Spalding, had achieved a new rating of three.

However, Long Sutton takeaways San San, in High Street, and Chilli Hut, in Market Place, remained zero rated – until now.

They have now entered a 28-day appeals period, after which their new ratings will be updated.

The latest figures, stating 299 firms in South Holland are rated five, have been released to coincide with the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) ‘Look Before You Book’ Valentine’s Day campaign.

Ratings tell you about the hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses. Within South Holland, there are currently 625 food premises that have been rated.

A breakdown of figures shows:

l 299 are rated 5 (increase of 18 since Nov 14)

l 176 are rated 4 (drop of 7 since Nov 14)

l 125 are rated 3 (up one since last week)

l 12 are rated 2 (drop of 1 since Nov 14)

l 13 are rated 1 (up one since last week)

l 0 are rated 0 (drop of 1 since Nov 14)

The importance of food hygiene has been highlighted by an incident in which a chef and his manager of The Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex, were sent to prison after serving a Christmas dinner which left a mother dead and 33 other diners ill with food poisoning.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, the portfolio holder for environmental health at South Holland District Council (SHDC), said: “I am pleased to say that the incident that occurred at The Railway Hotel in Hornchurch is rare.

“But it proves that it’s vital for food businesses to take a responsible and serious approach to food hygiene practices and procedures.”

For more information and to check the rankings of local businesses, visit www.ratings.food.gov.uk