Zero hygiene rating blunder angers equipment buyer

A Crawley restaurant which has spent a six-figure sum on its kitchen in the past year has been left stunned after it was incorrectly given a zero hygiene score on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

Asim Yunas, owner of Papachinos and Peshwari Spice, said around £100,000 had been invested in improving the standard of the facility since he bought the restaurant last year.

But the venue was listed as having one of the town’s worst possible hygiene despite never being inspected under his ownership since Yunas took over.

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It is understood that the zero score actually related to when it had a different name and owner.

Yunas told the Crawley News: “I’m very disappointed about what seems to be a council mix-up. We’re a family-run business and this is affecting my family’s well-being. This could cost us business.”

He said that the restaurant was not in a good state when he took it over, but a refurbishment of core catering equipment and the building structure had transformed the face of it.

“Since we moved in we’ve got new ovens, and refurbished the cookers we kept, we’ve had some new fridges and freezers installed, and had all new kitchen equipment and utensils. Even the pots and pans are new. We’ve done a lot of building work. We’ve had a new counter and seating fitted. The back of the shop was fully plastered. We’ve probably got the biggest kitchen in Crawley.”

The paper said that within 24 hours of being made aware of the blunder, an environmental health officer was sent around to inspect the premises and gave it a rating of three out of five.

It praised the new owners for working very hard on food safety practices and developing a new food safety management scheme.

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