A TAKEAWAY has been given a much-improved hygiene rating months after having been ordered to take immediate action.

The owner of the Sweet Palace on New Bank Road, Blackburn, said the turnaround from zero stars to four stars out of five was due to their change of management and ‘hard work’ by staff.
Sweet Palace was inspected on July 20 last year and received a score of 55 out of 80, with 80 being the lowest and worst score, after mouse droppings were found and the kitchen noted as dirty.

A rating of four now means that the business was rated as ‘good’ on assessment.

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Zaheer Abbas, who runs Sweet Palace, said: “We were having the kitchen extended at the back and this caused us a few issues. When something like a major takes place it can be difficult.

“We took responsibility for hygiene rating and made all the improvements we needed too.

“We are really happy that having been re-inspected that we now have a much higher rating. Or course we will look to get a top rating of five next time around.

“The kitchen is now finished and we are back to the higher rating we always had.”

“It is really popular sweet centre and takeaway and customers can be assured we are taking all advice seriously. 

“The new hygiene rating of four has been due to all the hard work the staff and the team here have put in.”

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In July, the rating related to how hygienically the food was handled, for which Sweet Palace was given a score of 20 out of 25 (0 being very good and 25 being very bad). 

As a result, inspectors ordered management to fix the drain in the kitchen; provide staff with clean aprons; sort records of the diverse range of food (the shop sells everything from curries to kebabs and desserts); clean the dirty storage containers used to keep ingredients in; and recommended a block treatment for mice as soon as possible.