Nothing fishy about cod in Cheshire West takeaways

29 June 2017

Samples of cod taken from takeaways across the borough earlier this year revealed that the customer was getting what they asked and paid for.

Samples of cod and a sample of haddock were bought unannounced from lower hygiene rated premises in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Northwich and sent by Food Standards officers to a specialist laboratory in Wolverhampton for testing.

This purpose of the sampling was to verify the type of fish, and that customers were not being misled and short-changed with a cheaper fish.  The results showed a 100 per cent that local customers were getting what they asked for. 

 The results are good news for the customer and good news for local businesses.  

The results of food hygiene swabs taken at the same time however were not as positive. These showed that there was scope to improve cleaning practices, with cleaning cloths and food surfaces being below par. 

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “None of the unsatisfactory results revealed illness-causing bacteria but they did highlight poor hygiene practices. All the businesses tested have since demonstrated improvements, this just needs to be sustained across all food businesses.

“Whether a resident, trying to keep you and your family safe, or a business aspiring to be the best, remember that effective hand-washing and cleaning is essential to get rid of harmful bacteria and stop them spreading onto food.” How to keep safe in the kitchen…
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Always clean worktops before you start preparing food.
  • Wipe up spilt food straight away.
  • Always clean worktops thoroughly after they have been touched by raw meat, including poultry, raw eggs, or root vegetables contaminated by soil.
  • Never put ready-to-eat food, such as cooked meat, salad, bread or fruit, on a worktop or chopping board that has been touched by raw meat, poultry, raw eggs or root vegetables contaminated by soil unless you have washed and disinfected it thoroughly first.

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