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Preston takeaway goes from zero star to five star on food hygiene

Posted: June 27th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A fast food restaurant in the Lancashire town of Preston has managed to score top marks for food hygiene following a recent inspection, despite getting a zero star rating just a few months ago.

The last time Sandos in Preston was inspected, back in March 2011, it was given a zero star rating from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for food safety. Inspectors flagged up four major areas of non-compliance, which included cleanliness and improper food storage along with a whole host of other problems.

Since receiving the damning FSA report, however, the owners of Sandos have pulled out all the stops to improve hygiene standards at the restaurant. As well as implementing extensive food safety training for staff and a rigorous new cleaning programme, the restaurant has been working closely with food safety officials to ensure all requirements are met.

Co-owner Salah Hassan said:

“We even had a suggestion box out for a month for customers.

“We had feedback from them, we had feedback from environmental health and we worked our socks off to make sure we fulfilled all the requirements.”

All the hard work has obviously paid off, because Sandos has now received a five star rating for food hygiene. This is the highest rating it is possible to attain, and it is also much higher than the average three star rating most food premises are given.

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