A GAME and poultry company claiming to provide ‘optimal quality’ for customers has received a damning report after public health chiefs inspected its Uttoxeter premises.
Natural Game states its processing plants, which store game including pheasant, partridge, venison and wild boar, are licenced by the Food Standards Agency and its meat is inspected by the Meat Hygiene Service.
But hygiene inspectors from East Staffordshire Borough Council were less than impressed when they assessed Natural Game’s Uttoxeter storage facility and garage in Curlew Close.
Giving the facility one star from a possible five in a report released earlier this week, inspectors blew the lid on a series of hygiene blunders.
Of particular concern were the firm allowing domestic animals and pests to access the storage area and keeping wheelie bins next to its fridges.
The report also revealed Natural Game was not even registered with the borough council and had no food safety management plan in place.
Quoting the report, an East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesman said: The spokesman said: “The garage window was open and there was cat food on the surface below the window.
“You must ensure that you prevent domestic animals from entering rooms where food is stored.
“There was a gap under your garage door, which was large enough to allow pests to access the premises.
“The layout and construction of your premises did not permit adequate cleaning.
“Your wheelie bins were stored next to your fridges.
“In order to prevent against contamination you must not store these bins in the garage where you are storing food.
“The handles, seals and shelves of both of your under-counter fridges were dirty.
“Clean these areas and ensure they are cleaned regularly.
“You advised me that you did not have any of your cleaning chemicals on site.
“You must ensure that you have adequate cleaning materials available to ensure you are able to keep the premises clean.”
Natural Game is a family-run business based in Stafford and sells its products online and at markets.
Most of its raw products are sourced through private shoots on British country estates.
It provides ‘alternative’ meats like ostrich and kangaroo.
The Post and Times was unable to contact Natural Game, despite several attempts.