WARRINGTON'S new Taco Bell site has had its first food hygiene inspection.

The Tex-Mex fast food restaurant has been a hit in the Old Marketplace, which is unsurprising considering the excitement that built ahead of its arrival.

This week, the site received its first food hygiene inspection from officers at the local Environmental Health department, in accordance with the Food Standards Agency.

The FSA's inspection criteria are as follows:

  • 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.

Taco Bell was rated 'good' across the board, and has come away with a food hygiene score of five-out-of-five.

When opening the new site in Warrington, Lucy Dee, UK marketing lead at Taco Bell, said: "We’re delighted to be able to bring Taco Bell to Warrington.

"The people of Warrington have been crying out for Taco Bell and we’re very pleased to be able to deliver; creating local jobs despite challenging circumstances.

"We look forward to feeding residents in-store and for takeaway."