Fareham restaurant given zero hygiene rating as blood found in freezer

Sea of Spice in Fareham Picture: Loughlan Campbell
Sea of Spice in Fareham Picture: Loughlan Campbell
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  • Indian restaurant Sea of Spice picks up zero food hygiene rating
  • Report found freezer had blood in it and several areas of kitchen found to be ‘dirty’
  • Manager claims blood was result of meat smearing on compartment
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BLOOD was found smeared on a freezer at an Indian restaurant by inspectors.

They were assessing Sea of Spice in West Street, Fareham.

The inspectors came back two weeks after their initial inspection and they found that everything was clean and being looked after

Ahmed Dulal, the manager of Sea of Spice

It has now been given a zero rating in its latest report by the Food Standards Agency.

The manager says the blood came from meat as it was being placed in the freezer, however, the restaurant was told to make urgent improvements.

The report revealed that the premises had ‘rodent activity’ in February and that droppings in the storage area were noted during the recent inspection.

Fareham Borough Council’s senior environmental health officer said: ‘The freezer in the store room was not clean, it had what appeared to be blood on the lid and sides.

‘At the time of the inspection, the level of cleaning was not satisfactory and required attention.

‘This is particularly important in light of the rodent activity that you had in the past and the pest proofing to the building that is required.

The inspector, whose report was written in August but only given to The News last week, found that the floor covering throughout the premise was dirty, the shelves throughout the premises required cleaning and the kitchen’s oven was not clean.

She found the bins full in the back yard a few days before collection with flies around them and that open food such as ice cubes and ice cream were being stored next to raw meat risking possible contamination.

Fresh meat stored in the freezer had no traceability information.

Ahmed Dulal, the manager of the restaurant said: ‘Unfortunately, the blood on the freezer came from meat as it was being placed into a compartment.

‘The inspectors came back two weeks after their initial inspection and they found that everything was clean and being looked after. I was told we are getting another higher rating soon but we now have to wait to get it confirmed.’

The rating has meant the restaurant is the only establishment with a zero rating in Fareham.