Restaurant awaits reinspection after tackling ‘rat infestation’

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A takeaway restaurant in Camden Road is awaiting reinspection after tackling a number of issues highlighted by food hygiene inspectors, including rats in the storage shed.

Spice Fusion (Royal Spice), which serves “Indian, Indo-Chinese and Mauritian cuisine”, was visited by inspectors from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in February this year. The takeaway was given one out of five in the Food Standards Agency ratings.

These ratings are judged on three criteria: food hygiene and safety procedures; compliance with structural requirements; and confidence in management and control procedures.

Spice Fusion (Royal Spice) was visited on February 6, 2023 and the report has since been made public.

Inspectors said that during the inspection “evidence of rats” had been found and noted in the outside food storage area, and that “appropriate treatment methods must be used to eliminate these pests”.

According to the report, onions and tinned food were being stored in the rat-infested shed, while cooked chicken kebabs on sticks were found in a plastic container on the floor next to the fridge.

At the time of the inspection, the standard of cleaning was “poor”. The window and window ledge in the kitchen were also dirty and in need of repair. It was also reported that daily opening and closing checks were not being completed in line with guidance to manage food safety hazards.

The restaurant has since stated that the areas of concern had been tackled and that it had applied for a reinspection, which they were expecting “anytime”.

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