Fat Harry’s fish and chip shop has been awarded an improved 3-star food hygiene rating just weeks after the establishment was taken to court.
As previously reported by Island Echo, Fat Harry’s chippy, located in the High Street, Sandown, was deemed to be so unclean that the Isle of Wight Council brought charges against the business for contravening/failing to comply with EU provision concerning food safety and hygiene.
The decision to take the business to court only came about after Fat Harry’s failed a staggering 7 inspections since 2010. The last rating was issued on 7th December 2018 at just 1 star, a marginal improvement from the 0 stars given in May of the same year.
Now, inspectors have recorded an improvement in the facilities and have awarded a food hygiene rating of 3 – generally satisfactory. This is the highest rating the shop has had in at least 5 years.
Inspectors have declared that hygienic food handling is good, but that the cleanliness and conditions of facilities and building are only generally satisfactory, as is the management of food safety.
The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court heard last month how staff failed to effectively clean and, where necessary, disinfect equipment which food came into contact with. No hand basins were provided for staff to clean their hands and generally the premises had not been kept in a good state of repair. There was also a failure to maintain a permanent procedure based on ‘HACCP principles’.
Ceilings and overhead fixtures were not finished to prevent the accumulation of dirt and reduce condensation, the growth of undesirable moulds or shedding of particles. Floor surfaces were not maintained in a sound condition so as to be easy to clean and, where necessary, disinfected.