An Indian restaurant in Farnborough, which has the worst hygiene rating possible, has been cautioned for seven food safety and health and safety offences.
Vujon, in Cove Road, was cautioned by inspectors from Rushmoor Borough Council after failing to separate raw and ready-to-eat foods, creating a risk of cross contamination, which could lead to food poisoning, and storing equipment in poor and dirty conditions.
The council also found a gas leak at the restaurant, which had not been reported or addressed and presented an immediate risk to health.
Restaurant staff who were handling food had also not been trained in food hygiene matters, and a required food safety management system had not been put in place.
The owner accepted the cautions, admitting the offences, and voluntarily closed the premises to address the immediate safety concerns.
This formal caution last week followed the restaurant’s inspection by officers from the council’s food safety team on June 5, where issues noted at a previous inspection had reoccurred.
As a result, the premises is currently rated as ‘Urgent Improvement Necessary’ under the Food Standards Agency’s food hygiene rating scheme – the lowest rating available.
It was previously rated as ‘Generally Satisfactory’ after an inspection in December 2012.
The council said since the caution the general standard of hygiene at the premises had improved and the restaurant has now re-opened.
Julie Burke, environmental health officer at the council and lead officer in this case, said: “We have worked closely with the owner and staff of Vujon to ensure food and safety has substantially improved following on from our last inspection.
“The standards noted at the time were well below what we would expect from a food business in Rushmoor.”
Councillor Ken Muschamp, cabinet member for safety and regulation at the council, said: “This is another case where officers from the council have invested a lot of time and effort in supporting a business to compliance.
“I believe it is appropriate that we use our wide range of powers available to ensure that the borough’s food businesses operate in line with food safety legislation and our enforcement policy.
“I commend the officer’s work in this case.
“While this premises remains a ‘0’ rated premises, I’m pleased that the appropriate action taken by the council has secured the required improvements and I hope this formal action will send a strong message to food business owners in the borough that poor standards of hygiene and safety will not be tolerated.
“I would urge residents to take advantage of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to check the hygiene status of food businesses in the borough.”
Vujon was unavailable for comment.