INSPECTORS in Renfrewshire have found 1 in 10 venues in the area which have not met food hygiene standards so far in 2019. 

Between January and March this year staff from Renfrewshire Council have filed reports on more than 150 restaurants, takeaways, pubs, nurseries and shops, with 20 given an 'Improvement Required' rating. 

This is nearly twice the amount given the rating in the whole of 2018.

This means that those businesses have been found to not meet the legal requirements set by Food Standards Scotland in the Food Hygiene Information Scheme. These include the conditions found and the management procedures in place for providing safe food.

These include the conditions found and the management procedures in place for providing safe food.

Some surprising venues have been found wanting by inspectors so far this year – with more than half of them in Paisley.

Buddie Good Food, Kelly’s Deli, Sandwich Factory and Wok ‘n’ Go are among the food outlets in the town that failed to meet standards when visited.

But they were joined by the likes of Skye Crescent Post Office Cafe and G&A McHarg Bakers.

Other unexpected venues to make the list include a lunch club based at Inchinnan Parish Church and Mid Gavin Day Nursery, in Howwood.

In Johnstone and Renfrew respectively, the Globe Bar and Cafe Su failed to make the grade.

A spokeswoman for Food Standards Scotland said: “There have been no recent changes to how local authorities carry out food hygiene inspections.

“The Food Hygiene Information Scheme is designed to give straightforward information about how well a food business has fared in its last food hygiene inspection by its local authority.

“A ‘pass’ shows the business has met the legal requirements in its food hygiene inspection and that procedures and processes are in place for providing safe food.

“Where a business has failed to meet these requirements, it is issued with an ‘improvement required’ certificate and appropriate action is taken to ensure public health is protected.”

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said it offers advice to businesses on how to resolve issues.

“We work closely with all food businesses in Renfrewshire to ensure they meet the appropriate standards for food hygiene,” added the spokesperson. “Any business assessed as ‘improvement required’ is offered support and advice on how to resolve any issues and, once addressed, regular inspections are undertaken to ensure appropriate standards are being maintained.

“The pass rate for businesses can change on a daily basis as issues are resolved and, currently, 98 per cent of Renfrewshire businesses have a pass certificate.”

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