Ilkeston chippy’s zero rating for food hygiene

Briggs Fish Bar.
Briggs Fish Bar.

Urgent improvements are needed at an Ilkeston fish and chip shop after it received a zero rating for food hygiene.

After an inspection in January, Briggs Fish Bar in Nottingham Road, was found to have ‘poor conditions’.

Erewash Borough Council officers served improvement notices ‘covering structural issues and staff training requirements’ after visiting the premises a number of times after the inspection.

Phillip Wright, director of operational services at Erewash Borough Council said that work was still ongoing with the chip shop, which means the authority could not release a report on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.

“We endeavour to help any food business to tackle any issues that have been highlighted during an inspection and offer advice and encouragement to ensure they improve and put proper standards in place,” he said.

“Under the terms of the national scheme, the business can request in writing that we carry out another inspection once they have dealt with all the issues raised.”

The FSA, in partnership with local councils, aims to encourage businesses to run cleaner premises through its rating system.

The vast majority of food premises in Erewash received a rating of three to five – the top score available – on the association’s website.

While Briggs was the only business in the borough to receive the lowest score, Chinese restaurant Welcome in Bath Street and Ilkeston Rugby Club each received a rating of one, meaning ‘major improvement necessary’.

The owner of the takeaway was not available for comment when the Advertiser called this week.