Almost 800 businesses across South Yorkshire have failed food safety inspections in the past two-and-a-half years.
Figures from the Food Standards Agency show 764 firms across the region are currently listed as failing to meet the minimum three out of five-star rating in inspections.
More than 270 businesses in Rotherham were not up to standard, along with 195 in Sheffield, 167 in Doncaster and 127 in Barnsley.
Food inspectors rated 27 companies as zero stars – requiring them to make ‘urgent improvements’ to their hygiene standards.
Four Sheffield businesses – Chikoo’s Takeaway on London Road, Koh-I-Noor on Handsworth Road, Wincobank Deli on Wincobank Avenue and Charley’s Pantry on Wostenholm Road – have received zero-star ratings ordering urgent improvements to be carried out.
Chikoo’s was found to have evidence of mice in its cellar, according to an inspection carried out in July.
A spokesman for Chikoo’s said since the July inspection which resulted in a zero rating, improvements have been made and a subsequent inspection has taken place.
The business has now been given a three-star rating.
Michael Bluff, principal officer for Sheffield Council’s food safety team, said the business was re-inspected on December 17 and had made ‘significant improvements’.
Rashid Mahmood, owner of Koh-I-Noor for around 18 years, said standards have improved since the inspection which resulted in the zero rating in September.
Inspectors had found food in a walk-in chiller did not have use-by dates attached, while food handlers were observed not washing their hands correctly.
Mr Mahmood said there had been subsequent visits by food inspectors and the restaurant was hopefully of having a higher rating reinstated in the near future. He said he had not been on site when the September inspection occurred and said he understands the restaurant will soon return to its normal high rating.
“We have never had any complaints from anywhere,” he said.
“Everything is spotless and it is all nice and tidy. I’m really strict with my staff and it will never happen again.”
Charley’s Pantry owner Alan Humphreys said his business is set to be re-inspected this month after the eatery made a raft of improvements to the building.
He said he was surprised to learn about the business’ low rating because the inspector did not tell the takeaway what its rating was.
Mr Humphreys said: “None of it was food-related, which we found a little disturbing. We have made improvements to the tiles and we are going to put some new cladding in.
“Someone perhaps should have looked at the fact that it is an old building, it’s going to have these issues.
“We just have to do the best we can and we are now on top of it, and the kitchen does look a lot better.”
Lee Wilson, owner of Wincobank Deli, said he had taken over the business in the summer and a series of improvements have now been made, with new equipment brought in.
He said he is hopeful of getting a top hygiene rating when inspectors next visit.
“They will be coming out again and I think I will be get a five-star now,” he said.
“Everything is spotless now and we are just waiting for the new rating. Everybody who comes in says how clean it is.”
See how Sheffield pubs, restaurants and takeaways score for their food hygiene standards at this link: Food hygiene ratings, Sheffield
See how Rotherham pubs, restaurants and takeaways score for their food hygiene standards at this link: Food hygiene ratings, Rotherham
See how Doncaster pubs, restaurants and takeaways score for their food hygiene standards at this link: Food hygiene ratings, Doncaster
See how Barnsley pubs, restaurants and takeaways score for their food hygiene standards at this link: Food hygiene ratings, Barnsley
- Information correct as of Tuesday, January 13.