Most unhygienic hot food sellers revealed

The Orwell pub was rated '0' by the Food Standards Agency
The Orwell pub was rated '0' by the Food Standards Agency

AN UNLUCKY 13 hot food sellers have been identified as having the borough’s worst hygiene standards.

Wigan Council inspections carried out under Food Standards Agency guidelines show that a number of takeaways, restaurants and nursing homes along with a school canteen needed to clean up their acts.

This includes eight eateries who, on a scale of 0 to 5 were given a “zero” rating. It means that conditions were so unhygienic that they must urgently improve or face sanctions including closure.

Four nursing homes, youth projects and after-school clubs were given a “one”. And a primary school was also graded a “one”.

All premises serving food are subject to the ratings system. If a place scores zero, one or two it is deemed to be below the satisfactory standards.

Of the dirtiest food operations, four were takeaways, three were restaurants and cafes and there was a retailer.

Each scored a “zero” rating and were ordered to urgently improve their services.

Those with no points comprised The Orwell at Wigan Pier, The Little Emperor in Ashton, Grimshaw’s Bakery in Ashton, the Manchester Road Inn, Tyldesley, Lily Lion, Shevington, Mr Pizza in Leigh, New Prosper, Hindley Green and Pizza Colosseum in Atherton.

Establishments which received a one rating were Standish’s Langtree Hall Children’s Nursery, Mahogany Nursing Home in Newtown, St Peter’s Luncheon Club, Hindley and Woodlands Court Residential Home in Aspull.

A spokesman for Mahogany Nursing Home said that the rating was incorrect, that the management were constantly trying to improve and that the home has never been rated as low as a one.

She added: “I’m not at all happy and I am not saying anything except that we are dealing with the issues stated.”

The lowest-rated school kitchen in the borough was Dolce St John’s Church of England Primary on Atherton Road in Hindley Green which received a number “one” rating. This means that the school needs to make “major improvements.” The school today declined to comment on the rating.

Analysis of its catering arrangements said that food hygiene and safety were rated “poor”, structural compliance was rated as “fair” and that there was “little” confidence in management.