Big-name fast food restaurant in York gets a 1 out of 5 ‘poor’ hygiene rating

15 Jan 2021 @ 5.59 am
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One of the biggest names in fast food has been given a lowly rating for hygiene standards at one of its York restaurants.

Burger King, on Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, received a score of only one out of five in the food hygiene ratings – ‘major improvement necessary’.

City of York Council rated it

  • poor for food hygiene safety
  • good for structural compliance
  • and said it had little confidence in management.
Burger King at Clifton Moor, York. Photograph © Google Street View
An extract from the Food Hygiene website

The restaurant chain insists the poor score was due to a ‘maintenance issue’, and it has scored highly on a subsequent visit by inspectors.

Environmental health officers visited the popular restaurant on 13 November, and the verdict was published late last month.

A ‘poor’ rating for food hygiene and safety means “some major non-compliance with statutory obligations – more effort required to prevent fall in standards”.

And having ‘little’ confidence in management means “varying record of compliance. Poor appreciation of hazards and control measures. No food safety management system.”

YorkMix contacted Burger King on 31 December to ask for a response.

A spokesperson got back to us yesterday (14 January) and said: “Clifton Moor’s five-star status has been reinstated by the City of York Council following a review of the restaurant on 5 January by Environmental Health.

“It’s initial one-star rating was due to a maintenance issue on the day Environmental Health originally visited the restaurant to conduct its review.”

At the time of publication, the official food ratings website was still showing its 1 out of 5 score.