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Half of Bexley's takeaways ordered to improve their food hygiene

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 October 2013

Food Standards officers have found that 80 of Bexley's takeaways need to improve their food hygiene, with ratings of two out of five or less.

Of these, 17 were rated zero, which means that without urgent improvement they risk being shut down.

The manager of Spice 2 Go in Sidcup, which received a zero score in August, said: “We were really surprised because it is a really new shop and everything is fantastic.”

They plan to install a door to separate the toilet from the cooking area, and with many other improvements hope to score higher next inspection.

A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: “We advise consumers to avoid premises with a rating which is less than satisfactory (three).

“The best way to get the message across is for consumers to vote with their feet and buy their food from somewhere which has a higher hygiene score.”

The score relates to how the food is stored, prepared and cooked and the conditions in the kitchen.

The manager of Kebab Express, Erith, said a man from St Peter’s College of London came in for a day to teach his staff food hygiene and cleanliness after scoring zero.

“When I have done all this I’m going to call them (FSA) again and see what happens then,” he said.

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