Inspectors pointed out that the care home was found to be serving out of date meat
A care home in Blackpool has received a food hygiene rating of ‘1’ following an inspection that found they had meat past its sell by date.
Lavender lodge Care Home, on Horncliffe Road, Blackpool, was found to need ‘major improvements’ following an inspection on September 8.
The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is operated by Blackpool Council. Each business receives a rating based on the findings of their inspection.
Businesses can receive ratings of between ‘0’ and ‘5’. ‘0’ means that urgent improvement is required, ‘5’ means that the hygiene standards are very good.
Lavender Lodge Care Home was found to have a food hygiene rating of ‘1’ with major improvement necessary, with the facts around the report meaning legal proceedings could occur should the issues not be solved at the time of a revisit.
The inspection found that the residential home had failed to put in place procedures for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). This included a large tub of marmalade that was being stored in the fridge next to raw meat, which could risk cross contamination.
There was also raw meat stored in a freezer, next to and on top of ready to eat food, which also could cause cross contamination.
The inspection found no procedures in place for safe use of foods that had been frozen, which meant all frozen foods would be used after the manufacturers use by date. The care home management has, however, disputed this saying that the food would have been used within three months of it being frozen – therefore staying within the recommended dates.
Lavender Lodge Care Home were also found to have failed to ensure food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe.
The inspection found 10 packets of out of date food in the premises, including four packets of Ashfield Farm beef which had passed the use by date of 23/08/21, two packets of Birchwood British lean diced beef steak passed the use by date of 27/07/21, three packets of Ashfield Farm Grill salt and chilli chicken breast sizzlers passed the used by date of 31/07/21 and one packet of Asda Smartprice wafer thin ham passed the use by date of 02/09/21.
The inspection took place on September 8, meaning the both the lean diced beef steak and salt and chilli chicken breast sizzlers were over a month out of date.
As well as this, the residential home failed to ensure that drainage facilities were adequate for the purpose intended. The drain associated with the waste water pipes in the backyard were found to be blocked, resulting in the waste water not being able to drain away effectively – consequentially flooding the backyard.
The care home cares for adults over 65, people with dementia, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
It is rated ‘good’ overall for its quality of care and is registered to provide personal care for up to 24 people.
A spokesperson for Lavender Lodge said: “Upon inspection food that was in the freezer had not been labeled/dated on the day of freezing. As they were not labeled it gave no indication to what date they had been frozen. But I can assure you these items were frozen on the day of purchase, once frozen we have three months to use these products, the items in question had been frozen for less then three months and the inspector knew this by the manufacturer’s sell by date.
“I do believe if the inspector did find the food to be spoiled or unusable our kitchen would have been closed instantly or at the very least the items disposed of immediately by the inspector which they were not as it was clear by the manufacture use by date that these foods could not have been in freezer for longer then three months.
“It is worrying to us that people will misunderstand the information written in the report and all the hard work the home has put in over the pandemic would be tarnished for something as simple as dating the items before freezing them.
“We have now taken action and all items being stored in the freezer are now labeled and dated before going into the freezer. We have also paid to be reinspected and believe there is nothing to stop the rating being back to a 5 once the we have been revisited.
“Lastly I would like to add we would never feed out of date food to anyone.”