Risk of food poisoning in Reading eateries
June 10, 2011
More than half of Reading eateries checked by the council’s food safety team could be putting customers at risk of food poisoning, worrying new figures show.
The team found they were not cleaning equipment or surfaces properly.
The safety team visted 21 premises over the last year and tested things like chopping boards, knives, tongs, fridge handles and cloths.
And of the 66 samples taken, 36 were considered unsatisfactory.
Although surfaces looked clean, they can still be heavily contaminated with bacteria likely to cause food poisoning such as E.coli or Staphylococcus aureus.
Businesses with unsatisfactory samples were advised of their results and given advice how to improve.
Proprietors have now been told if they do not improve further enforcement action will be taken.