LAKE KEBAB AND PIZZA HOUSE: THE DIRTY DETAILS REVEALED

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Dirty utensils, false safety checks, and a lack of Covid preventative measures – the full details of a 0 hygiene rating for the Lake Kebab House have been revealed.

As previously reported by Island Echo, following an inspection over 2 days in February, and a visit the week before, the takeaway, on Sandown Road, was awarded the worst food hygiene rating an establishment can get by the Isle of Wight Council’s environmental health officers.

Since the inspection was carried out, the owner of the takeaway, Bulent Korkmaz, has said work has been done to bring everything up to standard with photographs, sent to media outlets, showing cleaned up surfaces and areas around the eatery, which had been marked as problematic by inspectors.

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In the officers’ report, it was noted that the general standard of hygiene was reasonable and much improved from previous inspections but there were areas requiring cleaning, including the flooring throughout, worktops and shelves, hand washbasins, and fridge and freezer handles.

Inspectors found where the equipment and utensils which touched high-risk foods were only being washed with a detergent, instead of a bacterial cleaner and when the equipment was seen drying after an ‘attempted’ wash they were still greasy and had food remnants on them.

The person in charge of the food safety management system lacked the appropriate level of understanding to implement control, not knowing what the opening and closing checks were although they had supposedly been completed on the days of inspection.

Other areas where inspectors raised concerns include:

  • Dirty protective clothing worn by staff.
  • Staff handling high-risk foods not provided with suitable protective clothing.
  • The pizza flour container in a dirty condition.
  • Food waste left in open bins in the kitchen overnight.
  • An opening in the freezer coolant pipework was large enough that pests could enter when fan was not in use.
  • Damaged work surfaces in the freezer and washing up room were not easy to keep clean or disinfect.
  • Damaged walls in disrepair and cracked or missing ceiling panels, all with the risk of contaminating food, surfaces and equipment.
  • Food packaging, bags of rubbish and food waste spills were in the alley directly outside the kitchen, which may attract pests.

Due to the Covid pandemic, other measures have to be put in place to ensure customer and staff safety.

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In the inspection, however, officers found issues that showed no suitable control measures had been implemented. These included a lack of face coverings worn by employees; no social distancing; no enforcement of shop capacity.

The takeaway has had a chequered history with food hygiene inspections, scoring as high as a four in August 2017, but as low as a one in June 2019 which was then improved to a two, four months later.

A follow-up inspection was taking place shortly after the findings of the report were made public but the results are not yet known.

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Mercedes Man
Mercedes Man
29 days ago

That’s a No thank you from me..

Greengage
Greengage
Reply to  Mercedes Man
29 days ago

Me too … yuk!
I think that when eateries like this fail on all these levels they should be closed permanently and the owners should never get permit to handle or sell food ever again.

Should be closed down now
Should be closed down now
Reply to  Greengage
29 days ago

I agree entirely. This establishment shows no professionalism or even basic comprehension of food or Covid safety. To operate in the UK businesses should be placed on warning when they are at level 3. A second level 3 or below should result in instant closure and a 5 year ban on owner and kitchen staff , who will then need to pass a strict assessment to be allowed to work in the industry again.
Any establishment scoring 0-2 should be closed at once and given 3 months to attain 4 or above before being allowed to re open. Fines should also be applied as this lack of cleanliness can kill people !

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
29 days ago

Just close it down, no one wants to pay for salmonella or e coli.!!!!!!
No excuse for poor hygiene .
Should be made an example of .

IOWter
IOWter
29 days ago

Personally I think if you score less than a 5 it’s a failure when it comes to food hygiene.
Any eating establishment should always aim for the highest standards of hygiene end of no questions asked

Beyhanin92@gmail.com
29 days ago

Definitely a lake variant.

roger everyone
roger everyone
29 days ago

Kebabs have never been the same since the original one shut opposite the Ocean Hotel.

Helen
Helen
29 days ago

Should be closed down. This is not the first time they have been rated ‘low’. The owners/workers clearly do not understand cleanliness therefore will never be up to standard.

GrahamG
GrahamG
29 days ago

Just how bad do you have to be to be closed down ? I know it’s people’s livelihoods but what about people’s health ?
Surely a short (7-day?) closure to allow the place to blitz their issues would allow it to continue trading after and ensure customer’s tummies there after ?!?

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  GrahamG
27 days ago

Think they have 2 many chances already !!!! Shut it down.

Common Sense
Common Sense
27 days ago

A lot of the problems arise from the fact that most Asian countries have absolutely no effective hygiene controls when it comes to food preparation/cooking etc. Therefore, when they open up eateries in the UK, the correct procedures are totally alien to them. Over the years, I have delivered to many Indian and Chinese restaurants, and, on the whole most had very clean kitchens. However, I do remember one whose kitchen floor was littered with dog excrement and urine. Caterers should have to attend training school and pass exams before they get a certificate/licence to trade.

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