February 1, 2022 1.43 pm This story is over 28 months old

Improved hygiene rating for Lincolnshire supermarket given one star

Cooked and raw meat had been displayed together

A Scunthorpe supermarket has earned an upgraded food hygiene rating after originally being given one star.

Kubus supermarket on Frodingham Road has been bumped up three stars, meaning ‘generally acceptable’.

Inspectors originally said major improvements were necessary after cooked and raw meat were displayed together on a meat counter.

The same hand wash and knives were also used for both.

Owner Baba Rebin said the error was rectified once it was pointed out.

Bacteria from raw meat can contaminate ready-to-eat food and potentially cause food poisoning, and it is always necessary to keep them apart.

The shop was awarded four stars when it first opened in summer 2021, but Mr Rebin invited North Lincolnshire Council’s food hygiene team back in the hopes of getting a higher score.

The results from a third visit in October have now been published.

Mr Rebin says all staff have now been properly trained in food hygiene, and customers can trust their products.

He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service at the time: “The shop was in very bad condition when we took over, and I had to do a lot of work to get it ready to open.

“I put in 16 hour days and invested thousands of my own money. It had a bad reputation which we wanted to change.

Customers had asked us to have some raw meat products as well as cooked. We had put those in the same area without realising that was a problem.

“All staff are now trained in food hygiene.

“We want this to be a shop that customers can trust.”