THE Food Standards Agency has slapped a town centre Chinese buffet restaurant with a low food hygiene rating.

East Orient, off Horsemarket Street in Warrington town centre, was inspected by the Food Standards Agency on Thursday, May 4.

There is a delay in an inspection taking place and the result being made public on the FSA's website, hence the restaurant being inspected more than four weeks ago but the result only being published recently.

According to the FSA, its inspections are conducted based on three different criteria:

  • Hygienic food handling: "Hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage."
  • Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building: "Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building (including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control) to enable good food hygiene."
  • Management of food safety: "System or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future."

Following the inspection of East Orient at the beginning of May, the Food Standards Agency ranked the restaurant in the following way:

  • Hygienic food handling - improvement necessary
  • Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building - improvement necessary
  • Management of food safety - generally satisfactory

East Orient is currently ranked 69 out of 237 registered restaurants in Warrington, according to Tripadvisor.

All information is taking from the Food Standards Agency's website, and is accurate at the time of publication.