Hygiene rated “unsatisfactory” in 1 in 5 Colnbrook food outlets

There has been a marked deterioration in the level of hygiene in Colnbrook and Poyle businesses over the past twelve months, with nearly 1 in 5 outlets in the village being assessed as less than satisfactory.

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A year ago 3 out of 40 businesses in Colnbrook were assessed as falling below the minimum standard of food hygiene.  As of this December, however, that has more than doubled, while the number achieving the coveted ‘5’ rating has also fallen.

Bottom of the list are 7 outlets with a ‘1’ or ‘2’ rating, meaning improvement is necessary.

Businesses with the worst food hygiene in Colnbrook and Poyle

Businesses given ratings of ‘0’ or ‘1’ must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards.

  • Two popular cafés were both rates as a ‘1’: Fat Boys Café (down from 4) and the Village Grill (down from 3).
  • Two village shops offering takeaway food were also found wanting.  Budgens lost its perfect ‘5’ score last August, in a dramatic fall, rated now at 1. Quality Foods in Cherwell Close, joint bottom of the list last year, managed a slight improvement from 1 to 2 but is still considered below standard.
  • Mobile caterer Green and White was assessed as 1 (down from 3).
  • Jumbo Importers, which imports South African meat based products, and Servest Catering, both based in Poyle, were also assessed as ‘1’.

Slough’s food safety officer will use a number of enforcement tools as well as giving advice and guidance to make sure these improvements are made.

Aside from the collapse in standards at Budgens, Fat Boys, and Village Grill, there have been some improvements too.  Pla Tong restaurant in the Punchbowl pub scored a 1 last year but was reassessed as a 4 (“good”) in February.

fat-boys-cafe-in-colnbrook

Colnbrook’s other pubs, restaurants, and cafés have all received good ratings, with Ye Olde George and the Golden Cross holding on to their 5 ratings and The Ostrich and The Queen’s Arms, retaining their 4.  La Bettola also scored 5.  Gibtel received a 4, along with new start up Piezanos next door.

Not all outlets are currently listed in the Food Standard Agency’s official figures, however, and a handful of active Colnbrook businesses appear to have fallen off the Council’s radar.

village grill

There is some other good news in the figures.  Hygiene at both primary schools and the Vicarage Way Children’s Centre is a perfect 5.  And new entrants to the list, Subway and Jump Giants, assessed for the first time last year, both acheived a 5. All 4 of Colnbrook’s big brand hotels also scored 5.

Food Hygiene Ratings: do they matter?

The hygiene ratings scheme is run by the Government’s Food Standards Agency in partnership with local authorities, who are responsible for carrying out inspections.

The rating does not imply that food is unsafe to eat but that something is wrong with one of three aspects of food hygiene:

  • How hygienically the food is handled: how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

Slough Borough Council began publishing food hygiene ratings last December and periodically names and shames the worst performers – along with congratulating the best.  It announced yesterday that there are currently no businesses anywhere in the borough with a 0 rating, meaning urgent improvement is necessary to meet minimum standards.

However, across the borough, there are currently 88 outlets with an unsatisfactory rating, out of 669 (13%) but unlike Wales and Northern Ireland, businesses in England are not currently required to display their Food Hygiene Rating.

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