Great Lever chippy improves its hygiene rating from zero... to one

A Star Chippy in Lever Street, Great Lever. Inspectors were not particularly impressed by the changes since its last zero rating inspection.

A Star Chippy in Lever Street, Great Lever. Inspectors were not particularly impressed by the changes since its last zero rating inspection.

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A TAKEAWAY given a hygiene rating of zero has failed to impress Bolton Council’s inspection team, who found dirty utensils, food on the floor and an unclean toilet — so raised it to a rating of just one.

Inspectors returned to the A Star Chippy in Lever Street in April and reported a host of failings.

The takeaway’s owners, who have been told that “major improvement” is still necessary, said the decision was “harsh” and have lodged an appeal.

The Bolton News has seen the full report from the food hygiene inspector, which points out a number of issues with food hygiene — including several raised at the previous inspection.

The report states: “A string sack of onions was stored in contact with the floor”.

It also notes that “a container of utensils such as whisks, spoons, grater etc was in a dirty condition and the container used to store them in was dirty.”

The report continues “chopping boards were stored in contact with spilt food and dirt” and “the same equipment, for example a burger flipper was being used for handling raw meat and cooked meat — this creates a risk of cross contamination”.

Other comments referred to “dirty scourer pads” and said “the WC pan and associated areas were very dirty”.

Owner Amjid Mirza said the takeaway was now “pristine” following the report and that he is waiting for the next inspection.

He added: “We don’t think we warranted a level one rating and appealed it, but were told that no-one would come out.”


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“Then the inspector did come back to check on us and said everything was fine.”

But Bolton Council has denied his version of events.

A spokesman said a follow-up inspection after the April visit “reported the same issues”.

When The Bolton News initially reported the A Star Chippy’s previous zero rating, Mr Mirza had placed the blame on the business’ previous owners and said he was confident of achieving a much better score in April’s inspection.

The previous owners strongly denied his claims.

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6:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

What did they do wash the dishcloth once a week. Places like this should be shut down or sorted out.
What did they do wash the dishcloth once a week. Places like this should be shut down or sorted out. thomas222
  • Score: 66

7:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

The Running Man says...

Different ideas about pristine, maybe?
Different ideas about pristine, maybe? The Running Man
  • Score: 35

7:27am Fri 1 Aug 14

oftbewildered2 says...

The Running Man wrote:
Different ideas about pristine, maybe?
I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc.
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: Different ideas about pristine, maybe?[/p][/quote]I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 34

7:28am Fri 1 Aug 14

oftbewildered2 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
The Running Man wrote:
Different ideas about pristine, maybe?
I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc.
PS 'anyone' does mean 'anyone'
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: Different ideas about pristine, maybe?[/p][/quote]I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc.[/p][/quote]PS 'anyone' does mean 'anyone' oftbewildered2
  • Score: -3

8:29am Fri 1 Aug 14

marco999 says...

It's about time a major investigation was launched into this 'takeaway' trade, there is a lot of money at stake in this game with it being so ludicrously simple to ‘cook the books’ pardon the pun. I can’t understand why they leave themselves wide open to inspection like this by letting cleanliness standards drop.
It's about time a major investigation was launched into this 'takeaway' trade, there is a lot of money at stake in this game with it being so ludicrously simple to ‘cook the books’ pardon the pun. I can’t understand why they leave themselves wide open to inspection like this by letting cleanliness standards drop. marco999
  • Score: 31

8:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

steveG says...

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. steveG
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

It would seem the owners of the chippy did in-fact name it correctly :D
It would seem the owners of the chippy did in-fact name it correctly :D FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 17

12:32pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Barbara44 says...

I would avoid this takeaway like the plague, once bitten twise shy in my opinion,
I would avoid this takeaway like the plague, once bitten twise shy in my opinion, Barbara44
  • Score: 15

12:40pm Fri 1 Aug 14

boltonnut says...

Third world standards in a first world country is not acceptable.
Third world standards in a first world country is not acceptable. boltonnut
  • Score: 18

12:43pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Harold 1 says...

It's recommended by the Bolton Anorexia Society
It's recommended by the Bolton Anorexia Society Harold 1
  • Score: 12

3:04pm Fri 1 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

All take aways shud be looked at with a fine comb every month.standards are far to low.the star system is far to basic considering the importance of this...This is food.bad food is very bad for you..
All take aways shud be looked at with a fine comb every month.standards are far to low.the star system is far to basic considering the importance of this...This is food.bad food is very bad for you.. artistpaint
  • Score: 4

3:47pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sean kingston says...

They should takeaway there licence
They should takeaway there licence Sean kingston
  • Score: 8

4:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Sean kingston wrote:
They should takeaway there licence
That would have been funny if you'd used the correct version of the word "their"..........
[quote][p][bold]Sean kingston[/bold] wrote: They should takeaway there licence[/p][/quote]That would have been funny if you'd used the correct version of the word "their".......... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Claire.Simms says...

After reading the above comments I am utterly shocked, i feel the comments are harsh. i live in the local area and have enjoyed the food at Astar chippy and I am a regular customer. Every time I have been to the chippy it is clean to a very good standard compared to other takeaways i have been in which are so greasy. therefore I am surprised why there is so much being written about the standard of hygiene.
I would recommend that you try the food and go to the chippy an you will realise that there is no issues with the hygiene.
After reading the above comments I am utterly shocked, i feel the comments are harsh. i live in the local area and have enjoyed the food at Astar chippy and I am a regular customer. Every time I have been to the chippy it is clean to a very good standard compared to other takeaways i have been in which are so greasy. therefore I am surprised why there is so much being written about the standard of hygiene. I would recommend that you try the food and go to the chippy an you will realise that there is no issues with the hygiene. Claire.Simms
  • Score: -12

6:07pm Fri 1 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
oftbewildered2 wrote:
The Running Man wrote:
Different ideas about pristine, maybe?
I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc.
They are required to hold an appropriate certificate.

But it's a bit like having a valid MOT certificate for your car - just because you've got a piece of paper that says you've met the basic standards, there aren't any guarantees that you won't kill anybody by your own negligent actions.......

Shut this dump down, fine him the maximum penalty available under the law and ban him from owning and operating any more takeaways.

If he ignores the ruling and pops up again somewhere else, hiding behind his "brother's" name on the business' title documents, lock him up.
Lol Angry dad and his iron fist opinion again. If you guys really hate these takeaways so much, why give them so much business? Majority of takeaway businesses clients are British White, hence it's so lucrative because when someone orders and he/she are drunk they get away with all sorts like picking their nose and then scooping the salad with their bare hands to spread on the donner kebab! All food places should have minimum 3 star rating, until then they should not be allowed to open it unless 're-inspected'
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: Different ideas about pristine, maybe?[/p][/quote]I agree - lots of education needed in some quarters. Perhaps anyone wishing to open a food establishment should be required to hold an approved Certificate in Food Hygiene Standards - they must run such courses at the local Colleges. sometimes it helps for people to know not only what is expected of them, but also why it is done that way. Then there is no excuse about not knowing etc. etc.[/p][/quote]They are required to hold an appropriate certificate. But it's a bit like having a valid MOT certificate for your car - just because you've got a piece of paper that says you've met the basic standards, there aren't any guarantees that you won't kill anybody by your own negligent actions....... Shut this dump down, fine him the maximum penalty available under the law and ban him from owning and operating any more takeaways. If he ignores the ruling and pops up again somewhere else, hiding behind his "brother's" name on the business' title documents, lock him up.[/p][/quote]Lol Angry dad and his iron fist opinion again. If you guys really hate these takeaways so much, why give them so much business? Majority of takeaway businesses clients are British White, hence it's so lucrative because when someone orders and he/she are drunk they get away with all sorts like picking their nose and then scooping the salad with their bare hands to spread on the donner kebab! All food places should have minimum 3 star rating, until then they should not be allowed to open it unless 're-inspected' pradagucci
  • Score: 4

7:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Why have you brought race into this......again?

You're obsessed.......

I think I might have to report you to the authorities.
Why have you brought race into this......again? You're obsessed....... I think I might have to report you to the authorities. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sean kingston says...

OriginalAngryDad wrote:
Sean kingston wrote:
They should takeaway there licence
That would have been funny if you'd used the correct version of the word "their"........
..
Tometo tomato
[quote][p][bold]OriginalAngryDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sean kingston[/bold] wrote: They should takeaway there licence[/p][/quote]That would have been funny if you'd used the correct version of the word "their"........ ..[/p][/quote]Tometo tomato Sean kingston
  • Score: 3

11:04am Sat 2 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

Its not difficult to be clean with the products available these days and courses to advise on food hygiene. Close down until standards met.
Its not difficult to be clean with the products available these days and courses to advise on food hygiene. Close down until standards met. Blackrod
  • Score: 0

8:43am Sun 3 Aug 14

Mick England says...

The big "halal food" sign written in white on the right hand side is a contradiction and is laughable, "lawful" yes it probably is in the owners eyes, as long as the animals have been inhumanly slaughtered it's ok, never mind that the meat probably smells like dog poop! Dirty dirty people!
The big "halal food" sign written in white on the right hand side is a contradiction and is laughable, "lawful" yes it probably is in the owners eyes, as long as the animals have been inhumanly slaughtered it's ok, never mind that the meat probably smells like dog poop! Dirty dirty people! Mick England
  • Score: 2

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