Just one star out of five for food wholesalers
TWO of the island’s major food wholesalers have defended their food hygiene records after being told by Environmental Health that major improvements were needed.
Manor Farm Foods, in the Vrangue, and Milton Produce, on Route de St Andre, have been ranked as one star by environmental health officers because of problems with their paperwork, but concerns were also raised over hygienic food handling.
China China at the Mallard Complex, Choi Lee takeaway in the Bordage and Le Pesked restaurant in Alderney also received the one-star ratings out of a possible five.
Officers assess three key areas to calculate the star rating – hygienic food handling practices, the cleanliness and the condition of the facilities and building, and management of food safety.
Manor Farm Foods, which is a wholesale supplier of meat, fish, vegetables, dairy, chilled and dry goods to hotels, restaurants and cafes, was downgraded to one star. The report said improvement was necessary around food handling and major improvement was needed around food safety management.
General manager Paul Breban was shocked.
‘The inspector came when our logistics manager wasn’t here and she wanted to see our HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) book, which was in his drawer,’ he said.
‘We found the book as soon as the inspector had gone and now we’ve made five copies of it to have around the building.
‘We lost three stars because of paperwork, but all our food and hygiene is absolutely fine, so it wasn’t really a fair assessment.’
Milton Produce, which is a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, was downgraded from five stars to one.
As well as needing major improvement around food safety management, improvement was also needed in hygienic food handling and facilities cleanliness.
Operations manager Adele Morrow put it down to a redesign.
‘We were previously regarded as a low risk establishment as providers for fresh fruit and vegetables and dry and frozen goods,’ she said.
‘However, as we are introducing a new service for our customers we are required to carry out a structural refurbishment and introduce the required controls records prior to the launch.’
Le Pesked restaurant owner David Ollivrin said their one-star rating was because of a problem with the paperwork and he was committed to improving that.
Mr Ollivrin, who is French, said the inspector also did not like his chicken liver parfait.
‘She wanted it done the English way, but I always make it the French way, and I can change that.’
Le Pesked, Manor Farm Foods and Milton Produce have asked for another inspection as soon as possible.
They insisted that their hygiene and cleanliness were exemplary, but there had been small slip-ups with paperwork administration.
n The owners of China China and Choi Lee could not be contacted for a comment.
n Of the 688 businesses listed on the Environmental Health website, 429 have five stars and none have a zero-star rating.