Burton convenience shop criticised for poor food safety standards

A convenience shop in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire has been criticised by health and safety officials after it performed poorly in a recent council inspection.

Environmental health officials from East Staffordshire Borough Council visited the Burton Polski Mini Market (on Horninglow Road) on June 10th, 2011. They found numerous safety problems, including dusty shelves, out-of-date stock and insufficient food safety management issues, all of which suggested that the staff and managers of the shop had not had the proper food safety training.

The official report also made mention of the fact that there were no hand-washing facilities, nor a toilet, on the premises.

The shop was given two weeks to rectify these issues and improve its food safety rating, which was just one star out of five following the visit.

When inspectors returned to the Burton Polski Mini Market on June 16th, they found that a number of improvements had been made, including plans to install a new sink, hand-washing basin and toilet. Speaking to the Burton Mail, shop employee Ali Abdullah added:

“We date check everything. We cleaned all the shelves and now everything is OK.”