FOI request (FOIR-311955398)
Food Hygiene Reports
Requested Mon 01 March 2021
Responded Wed 10 March 2021
The full reports from every Food Standards Agency environmental health inspection into the establishments in your district rated 2 or below from June 1 2020 to February 23 2021.
Hastings Borough Council has had 3 establishments rated 2 or below within the time frame listed. The outcome of these inspections are already available on the Food Standards Agency website - please see links below:
1. Hastings Fried Chicken - https://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/1294745/Hastings-Fried-Chicken-East-Sussex
2. Famous Fried Chicken - https://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/1193500/Famous-Fried-Chicken-East-Sussex
3. Grove Stores - https://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/168320/Grove-Stores-East-Sussex
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