These are the seven establishments in St Helens that have received ‘zero’ scores during hygiene inspections this year.
The latest batch of results show that more than 1,000 restaurants, cafes, schools, takeaways and shops that serve food have been vetted over the past 12 months.
Overall we are satisfied with the Food Hygiene Ratings for St Helens’ food businesses and we are committed to work with the businesses that have a rating of less than three in order to help them improve their rating scoreCoun Seve Gomez-Aspron
The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority rather than being a guide to overall quality.
Almost a quarter of the St Helens establishments that have undergone hygiene inspections in 2015 received the highest possible scores.
Businesses are rated on a scale of zero to five on 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 as well as how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
The St Helens Reporter today publishes all the latest hygiene ratings, which were collated and released in September.
All establishments with zero ratings have been inspected recently, while one-star businesses may have been inspected over the last three or four months.
Establishments with higher scores may not have been inspected as recently, with some five star ratings dating back to 2012.
These are the seven eateries in St Helens were the lowest hygiene ratings possible:
Best One, 111-113 Leach Lane, Sutton Leach, WA9 4PS
Dragon and Phoenix, 16-18 High Street, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 9SN
Four Seasons Superstore, All In One, 19 Bassenthwaite Avenue, St Helens WA11 7AB
Hot Stuff, 102 Duke Street, St Helens, WA10 2JN
Olivera Pizza, 26 Westfield Street, St Helens
The Billinge Arms, 191 Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PB
Willows Fried Chicken And Pizza, 66 Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows
The information provided on businesses is held on behalf of local authorities participating in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Northern Ireland and Wales or the Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland.
The inspections have been ongoing throughout the year and the ratings are aimed to reassure customers of the venue they are purchasing food products from.
One thing that establishments are marked on is food hygiene and safety, which looks at factors such as food handling practices and procedures and temperature control.
Another thing looked at is structural compliance, which refers to things such as cleanliness, layout, condition of structure, lighting, ventilation and facilities.
Businesses are also marked on confidence in management, which is graded on the performance of those in charge and issues such as how well understood by the workforce as well as things such as the track record of the company and complaint history.
Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron said the council was committed to working with lowly rated eateries.
He said: “Overall we are satisfied with the Food Hygiene Ratings for St Helens’ food businesses and we are committed to work with the businesses that have a rating of less than three in order to
help them improve their rating score.”