A FISHMONGER in Warrington Market has been hit with an abysmal food hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency.

Andrew's Fish Game and Poultry has scored poorly following its latest inspection by the agency.

The FSA is responsible for inspecting establishments that serve food, and ensuring that they are up to scratch with food hygiene regulations.

When inspections are carried out, the FSA uses the following criteria:

  • Hygienic food handling - Hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In the latest inspection of the indoor market fishmonger - which took place on September 7 - the FSA found that the establishment was worthy of a zero-out-of-five food hygiene rating.

In terms of hygienic food handling, Andrew's Fish Game and Poultry was found to be 'generally satisfactory.'

However, the FSA says that the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building requires improvement, and that 'urgent improvement' is necessary regarding the management of food safety.

All information is taken from the Food Standards Agency and is accurate at the time of writing.