Hygiene inspectors have given a Chinese takeaway in Sidcup the second lowest rating possible after an unannounced inspection.

The inspection by Food Standards Agency (FSA) took place of Sherwood Garden took place on July 3, 2023.

The takeaway received an overall hygiene rating of one, meaning major improvement was necessary.

What did the FSA say about Sherwood Garden?

In terms of the detailed scores, the hygienic handling of food, including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling, and storage, was found to be generally satisfactory.

However, the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building, which includes appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities, and pest control, were in need of some improvement.

The food safety officer also noted that the establishment's checks to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat and that staff are knowledgeable about food safety were in need of major improvement.

Sherwood Garden's overall hygiene rating of one places it in the category requiring major improvement.

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What does each hygiene rating mean?

  • 0 - Urgent improvement is necessary
  • 1 - Major improvement necessary
  • 2 - Some improvement is necessary
  • 3 - Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
  • 4 - Hygiene standards are good
  • 5 - Hygiene standards are very good

Why are food hygiene ratings used?

Food hygiene ratings play a vital role in ensuring the safety and quality of food establishments in the United Kingdom.

These ratings, displayed in windows and available online, provide consumers with essential information about hygiene standards.

Inspections carried out by trained food safety officers evaluate various aspects such as food handling, cleanliness, and management practices.

Ratings range from 0 to 5, with higher ratings indicating excellent practices in food preparation, storage, and cleanliness, which contribute to reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses and promoting public health.