Turkish Delight in Bransholme (U.K.) not so delightful after health inspectors award zero-rating

Risk factors in restaurant inspections mean more to me than appearances (the old school floors/walls/ceilings). I look for the stuff that actually makes folks sick like improper temperatures, cross-contamination and poor hygiene.

According to Hull Daily Mail, a recent inspection showed that a shopping mall food stall had a mix of risk factors and sanitation issues leading to a zero score and a two week closure. And the operators were fined £690.turkish2-1024x682

Turkish Delight, based in North Point Shopping Centre, received a food hygiene rating of zero out of five after a routine inspection.

Environmental health officers from Hull City Council found:

Mouldy and out-of-date food being sold.

The hand wash basin was blocked and could not be used.

Food stored at high temperatures.

Dirty floors, greasy walls and filthy fridges.

Inspectors also failed to find a documented food safety management system.

The ventilation system was described as inadequate and there was no evidence found of temperature monitoring.

One thermometer that was found was dirty.

The stall sells kebabs, sandwiches and other takeaway foods.

It is owned by Mehmet Dogan and Sharon Dogan, of Hornsea. The pair were each fined £690 at Hull Magistrates’ Court for food safety breaches.

On the upside, at least they had a thermometer.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.