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Filthy fish & chip shop frightens the UK's Food Standards Agency

We all take shortcuts in the kitchen from time to time, but not on this scale!

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Everyone loves a good chippy tea. A mountain of chips adorned with a flakey golden batter parcel of tender white fish. A dollop of smooth mushy peas, flakes of salt dusting the plate. A true classic. But I'm going to ruin that image with some rather less appetising ones.

Not a clue what this is. I think it's a grease trap from the fryer?

Not a clue what this is. I think it's a grease trap from the fryer?

These photographs come from Amy's Fish and Chips in Darfield, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire from their recent health inspection. So bad are the conditions here that the shop was slapped with a zero. The lowest hygiene rating you can possibly earn from the Food Standards Agency.

Where do you wanna store the mushy peas and raw chips? Washing up bowls on the floor? Yeah.

Where do you wanna store the mushy peas and raw chips? Washing up bowls on the floor? Yeah.

In the shocking scenes, we can see cooked food being left outside to cool down and ingredients even stored on the floor.

It worries me to think that someone did this and walked away thinking "job well done".

It worries me to think that someone did this and walked away thinking "job well done".

The shop was keeping a tray of ribs cooling in a warm oven and left raw fish in a washing up bowl in a fridge which was warmer than it should have been. Despite these countless errors, employees were unfazed by the horrific conditions and "showed little understanding of the risk this may pose" the report wrote; "Food was being stored on the floor of the main cooking area and was at risk of bacterial contamination."

Food was also found being prepared and stored outside, posing further risks to customers, while cooked rice was left out to cool at room temperature. Once some food was cooked, it was often left in the "danger zone", the temperature range in which food-borne bacteria can grow.

There was a "general lack of cleaning and hand washing" from staff, storage containers were damaged and dirty, moreover, there wasn't enough cleaning supplies in the building. One area of particular concern was the risk of cross-contamination.

Raw meat was being prepared next to cooked food which was about to be served. The conditions didn't appear to improve in the fridges either. Wherein, raw meat and prepared food were stored on the same shelves.

The temperature of the fridge, where raw fish was found to be kept in a washing up bowl, was 12.9ยฐC, almost 8ยฐC warmer than FSA recommendations. Raw meat was also stored unwrapped in freezers, while the lid to one of the chest freezers at the chip shop did not close properly.

That's beyond scuzzy!

That's beyond scuzzy!

"Chopping boards used for the preparation of ready to eat food items were found to be in a filthy condition," said the report. Remarkably, staff told inspectors this was "acceptable" and "showed little understanding of the risk this may pose". One can only imagine what Gordon Ramsay would make of all of this. I think he'd probably swear quite substantially.

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