Contaminated ice machines, cooked food stored with raw meat - these are some of the reasons Revolution Bar was given a one-star food hygiene rating

Revolution, in Low Row, Sunderland, was inspected in February 2019 by the Food Standards Agency and given a one-start food hygiene rating.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 1:18 pm
Updated Friday, 12th July 2019, 1:55 pm

The report, obtained by the Sunderland Echo, outlines how the rating was determined.

Firstly, the basic daily log sheets to indicate when daily cleaning tasks are completed were not filled in on the day of inspection.

Behind the bar, the hand washing sink was out of order and another sink was being used by staff. However, that sink had no soap or hand drying facilities, which was clearly a risk of spreading bacteria to other preparation areas.

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Revolution Bar in Sunderland was given a one-star food hygiene rating

The crushed ice machine raised concerns in the inspection report. Staff were cleaning the ice machine, the same one which they fill up all the drinks for their customers, with D2 detergent. This is a powerful irritant, which is usually used on floors, walls, doors, ceilings and general equipment in food premises.

The inspector raised concerns that staff were using a toothbrush and the deadly solution while the machines was still in use, instead of emptying the contents out first. This meant that the detergent and debris was contaminating the crushed ice, used to create the cocktails which make this location a popular hit with Sunderland residents.

In the kitchen, the walls and flooring were dirty and needed immediate cleaning. There was damage to walls and, in particular, damage to the flooring next to the fire extinguisher.

Most of the refrigerators and freezers were in a dirty condition, with broken seals, and required cleaning immediately.

Contaminated ice machines and cooked food stored with raw meat, some of the reasons behind the one-star food hygiene rating for Revolution Bar

One refrigerator, designated for raw food, had cooked food stored inside, while another refrigerator had a open container of food inside, without any labels to indicate how long the food had been opened for.

A spokesperson for Revolution Bars said: “The inspection was conducted on 18th Feb 2019 where a number of issues were identified.

“We conducted a full investigation and a plan was put in place to rectify the highlighted issues. Revolution Sunderland has submitted a request for a revisit at the earliest opportunity.”

Coun Amy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport for Sunderland City Council, said: “Council environmental health officers monitor the food hygiene and standards in over 2,000 food premises across the city.

“During each intervention, the inspecting officer will consider the confidence in management, hygiene, and structural standards of the premises and all aspects of the environment where food is handled, prepared, stored or served to the public during their visits and inspections.”