The owner of an Aylesbury takeaway given the lowest possible hygiene rating says standards have improved following a ‘blip’ when the inspection took place.
‘The Best Kebab and Fish Bar’ in High Street, next to Vale Park, was given a ‘zero’ rating by the district council, meaning ‘urgent improvement’ is necessary.
Business owner Mohammed Akaram said family members who usually help him were away at the time of the inspection.
He said: “I was by myself so I couldn’t keep up with the cleaning.
“In that time when they were on holiday I had the inspection.
“It’s back to normal now.”
The food hygiene rating scheme is run by Aylesbury Vale District Council and the Food Standards Agency.
Richard Hiscock, the council’s environmental health and licensing group manager, said: “Zero star premises are failing to meet legal standards, and are generally subject to some form of enforcement action such as prosecution or improvement notice.
“If premises receive zero stars we will revisit them again within a short period of time.
“They will be subject to a full inspection at a more regular frequency than a compliant business which has been awarded a five star rating.
“Sometimes they do badly because records have not been kept and places without proper documentation will find it more difficult to do well.
“In other cases hygiene and cleanliness just aren’t up to scratch.”
Other Aylesbury restaurants, pubs and takeaways recently inspected were Domino’s Pizza in Cambridge Street, which scored a five, the highest rating, The New Zealand pub, which scored four, Peri-Peri Original, which got three, and Lumpini Thai Restaurant, The Harrow and Bon Appetit, which all received two out of five, meaning improvement is necessary.