More than 170 commercial food operators in Edinburgh have failed hygiene inspections in the last 12 months, it has been revealed.
City council inspectors discovered a host of kitchen horrors during routine visits carried out to restaurants, cafes and takeaways between October 2010 and 2011, including mouse and beetle infestations, cooked rice being kept warm in a bath and raw sewage leaking into a cellar.
A number of operators were also found to be ignoring basic hygiene practices by failing to provide handwashing facilities in staff toilets and leaving utensils unwashed.
Nine businesses are alleged to have breached hygiene standards laws so severely that they face court cases.
Details of the inspections were revealed by The Evening News this week after it obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
It reported that a Chinese restaurant which once made it to the final of Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word competition was criticised by inspectors for its “poor” hygiene standards and lack of pest control and staff training.
It also said that pubs with restaurant facilities featured prominently in the 700-page document and inspectors were “particularly concerned” about the state of ice machines, as well as mouse and rat access to places where food and beverages were stored.