Food hygiene standards ‘disturbing’

Food hygiene standards are going down the plughole
Food hygiene standards are going down the plughole

Local food businesses are not meeting hygiene standards, with those catering for children making up a quarter of those requiring improvement.

The Advertiser can reveal that just over 18 per cent of Midlothian food premises have failed to achieve a pass mark following inspections by the Food Standards Scotland agency.

Its Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) awards a pass to businesses that meet legal requirements including conditions found and management procedures in place for providing safe food. Those that fail are issued with an ‘Improvement Required’ notice.

In Midlothian, where 566 inspections have taken place, 102 providers did not make the grade. Of those, 23 were childcare providers such as nurseries. playgroups and after school clubs.

Midlothian MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) has branded the figures a disgrace.

Childcare providers yet to be given a “pass” include:

Roslin Primary School Annex Nursery; Roslin Primary School Nursery; Stobhill Nursery; Tynewater After School Club; Wellington School; Strathesk Nursery, Penicuik; Positive Steps Nursery, Bonnyrigg; Bonnyrigg After School Club; Pinochio’s Childrens Nurseries Ltd, Penicuik; Mount Esk Nursery, Bonnyrigg; Mayfield Nursery; Loanhead Nursery; Loanhead After School Club; Lawfield Primary School Nursery Class, Mayfield; Lasswade Primary School Nursery; Ickle World Childcare CIC, Penicuik; Gorebridge Primary School Nursery Class; Forest Friends Nursery, Roslin; Danderhall Playgroup; Arniston Playgroup, Gorebridge.

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