Food hygiene in Forest Gate; the good, the bad and the urgh - (1) Food shops

Friday, 26 September 2014


Newham has recently joined the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), under which all premises selling, or processing food for public consumption are inspected, and awarded a Food Hygiene rating certificate.

Inspected premises are encouraged (although not compelled) to publicly display their star rating score. Many choose not to, and in some cases, as will be seen, for obvious reasons.  A bit of compulsion here would be much more reassuring for the public, and apply pressure for improvement. Not a priority for the laissez faire government we have, apparently.

Approximately 150 premises in Forest Gate have been tested and their ratings appear on the Food Standards Association (FSA) website
We will be presenting these results over three postings, with a photo, details of the ratings and time of the last inspection accompanying each.
 
This week we start with food shops, the scores of some of which are frankly more eye watering than mouth watering. In following weeks we will look at schools, social care institutions and finally restaurants and hotels.

 
Food premises are accorded between 0 and 5 stars for their premises, depending on how they score against standards set by public health officers, in three categories.  They take account of:
- how hygienically the food is handled
- the conditions and structures of the premises (including cleanliness); and
- how effectively the business manages is records relating to food safety.


A top score of 5 will mean that the business performs well on all three criteria.

A score of zero, that they perform poorly on all three.  Persistent zeros or scores of 1 can result in a premises being closed down. In extreme cases of poor hygiene standards, an inspector can close down dirty premises, with no warning.

Scores of between 1 and 4 are, as they sound, grades, which will reflect  how well the premises score, overall, against all criteria.  They could be excellent on two and poor on one, for example and get a score of 2 or 3, or simply mediocre on all three criteria and get a similar score.

The records relating to Forest Gate are very patchy, in terms of the comprehensiveness of the cover, and the range of results emerging.  We would estimate that upwards of 50 per cent of local food-related premises have yet to receive a certificate - for example a cluster of premises around the Forest Station (Forest Tavern, the Fox and Hounds, the Co-op, Kaffine,  Artemis -coffee stand) are without scores. Their time will come, as the inspection programme is rolled out.

Anyone wishing to get fuller details of the condition of any premises mentioned below can obtain a full copy of the relevant inspection report, via an FOI, to Newham Council.

The results are presented in street alphabetical order, and then in numerical order. The date given is of the latest inspection.


Dames Road


Dames Off-Licence

215 Dames Road
February 2013
2 stars


Forest Lane


Vasara

171 Forest Lane
January 2014
3 stars

Green St


Muzda Bakery 
129 Green Street
April 2012
3 stars


Bondor Bazaar Cash and Carry
   
130 Green Street
February 2012
3 stars


Taqwa Quality Halal Meat 

 133 Green Street
June 2013
1 star

Alaudin Sweet Centre 
   
 
148 Green Street
June 2012
5 stars

The Cake Box
   
 
163 Green Street
March 2014
5 stars

United Halal Meat 
  
 
3 Carlton Terrace
Green Street
May 2013
3 stars
  

Katherine Road

Tesco Express
 
326 Katherine Road
September 2011
5 stars


Himalaya Food Store
 
334 Katherine Road
May 2013
1 star

A and S Mini Market



376 Katherine Road
June 2012
3 stars

Unique Cash and Carry
   

 
418-420 Katherine Road
January 2013
3 stars

TSB Cash and Carry
 
428 Katherine Road
January 2014
1 star

Romford Road


Asona Ba 

305 Romford Road
June 2011
3 stars


Perrier Wines 
315 Romford Road
April 2014
2 stars


Katarzynka Polish Supermarket 

318 Romford Road
April 2013
3 stars
  

Upton Lane



Wenty's Tropical Foods
  
26 Upton Lane
August 2013
1 star


Fish Mela
  
39 Upton Lane
November 2010
5 stars

 Amaan Halal
  
  
42 Upton Lane
June 2013
0 stars

  
Akbar's
51- 53 Upton Lane
January 2014
5 stars

Bismillah Halal Meats
70 Upton Lane
May 2013
3 stars

 Bondor Cash and Carry

116 Upton Lane
February 2014
1 star

Vansitaart Road

Bottle and Basket
  
13 Vansittart Road
June 2011
5 stars


Woodgrange Road

Woodgrange News Mart
25 Woodgrange Road
February 2012
3 stars



Tesco Express
28 Woodgrange Road
May 2012
4 stars


MK Bros
  
30-32 Woodgrange Road
May 2012
2 stars


Karuri Newsagents
 
35 Woodgrange Road
August 2013
2 stars

Barry's Meat Market
  
49a Woodgrange Road
April 2014
3 stars


AMB Food 4 You

99 - 101 Woodgrange Road
May 2013
5 stars


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