Hull Subway takeaway told to make major food hygiene improvements

A Subway sandwich takeaway in Hull has been told to make major food hygiene improvements.

The outlet at St Stephen’s shopping center was handed a paltry one out of five when inspectors visited on May 13. While the hygienic handling of food and cleanliness of the premises were ‘generally satisfactory’, food safety management fell well short of acceptable standards.

While the vast majority of national food chains have a very good food hygiene record, Subway has had a sketchy history in Hull. Three years ago the outlet in Princes Avenue was handed a zero – meaning urgent improvement was necessary. It has since been given a five-star rating, along with almost all other Subway outlets in the city.

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The St Stephen’s store itself was handed a zero in 2018. However, the outlet bounced back and, prior to the last inspection, had a top score of five out of five.

This time around, Hull City Council says the biggest concern was the poor temperature control of the stored food, which prompted the low score. Sam Bacon, Food and Health and Safety Manager at Hull City Council, said: “This unannounced routine inspection resulted in the rating being changed to one under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

“This premises had previously been scored five, but has also received scores of zero and one following some of our inspections before that. The biggest brands have robust food safety management systems and thorough staff training mechanisms which pave the way for safe food production. These systems are provided to individual outlets and ensure the franchisee operates safely and consistently.

“Unfortunately, in this case, they were not in place. If they were, staff would have known that food was being stored out of temperature control and then been able to rectify the situation accordingly.

“It is disappointing to see a food business in Hull go from a score of five to a score of one, but cases like this reinforce the value of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and the availability of online scores. Many of our local businesses in Hull manage to maintain their high standards over sustained periods of time and as a result maintain their score of five. ”

Hull Live approached Subway for a comment but the chain has not responded to our request.

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