Business-owners in Aldershot have been handed cautions after inspectors discovered dirty equipment, out-of-date food for sale and poor food hygiene standards.
Rushmoor Borough Council formally cautioned the owners of Worldwide Food Centre, in Station Road, and Aldershot Food and Wine, in the High Street, after inspections by environmental health officers.
Worldwide Food Centre partners, Pal Singh and Charanjit Arora, accepted a simple caution for three offences following an inspection on Saturday (September 15).
The offences were: offering out-of-date food for sale, failing to have proper procedures in place to manage food safety and for using equipment that was in poor condition.
As a result of these, and other failures, the business is currently rated as 1 'Major Improvement Necessary' under the national Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme.
Inspectors visited Aldershot Food and Wine on Friday (September 14) and found six food hygiene offences, including cleanliness failures, poor management systems and failure to keep the business in a good state of repair.
Sathiyaseelan Sivalingam and Saranja Sathiyaseelan accepted a simple caution for the six offences and the business is currently rated as 0 'Urgent Improvement Necessary'.
Both businesses remain open but have been given detailed list of improvements required and will be subject to regular checks from environmental health officers.
The council's executive member for safety and regulation, Councillor Ken Muschamp, said: "The council's environmental health officers have acted swiftly and appropriately to deal with these problems.
"I am very pleased that the partners involved in the running of these businesses have now acknowledged these offences, and have made substantial improvements.
"I will ensure that our officers continue to monitor progress to check that this remains the case in order to protect residents.”
He added: "The council takes a firm line on these matters so that our residents can be confident in the safety and quality of food served locally.
"The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme continues to offer real time information on the hygiene status of local businesses. I would certainly encourage residents to use the website http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/foodrating to check the rating of businesses where they buy foods, especially if their rating is not openly displayed.
"Personally, I would only eat food from businesses that have a 4 or 5 rating.”