Morrisons’ kitchen had moldy quiches and “detritus” in the meat prep drain

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A Morrisons shop was deemed in need of improvement after a critical food hygiene inspection (Image: Google/Food Standards Agency)

A Morrisons store was stopped by a food hygiene inspector who found moldy quiches and 200 stale bacon slices.

The service station branch received a one-star ‘significant improvement needed’ rating after the visit to Coalville, Leicestershire.

A “large quantity” of expired food was found by an inspector in undercounter refrigerators in a kitchen on March 7 this year.

Among the items were 80 partially cooked bacon rashers with an expiration date of February 2 and another 120 dated February 23.

A letter to the supermarket giant released under the Freedom of Information Act reads: “It is a criminal offense to sell food unfit for human consumption or to offer for sale food that has passed its sell-by date.

“All food on your premises shall be deemed to be for sale unless clearly identified and separated from other food.”

The officer, who works for North West Leicestershire District Council, also found 80 partially cooked sausages dated February 14.

Two 170g quiche Lorraines “with visible mold growth” and a sell-by date of March 3 were found in the store, according to the redacted report.

The items were “disposed of on a bucket to the right of the grab-and-go display in the workshop,” the document said.

Morrisons' store was stocked with meat products that were past their sell-by date (Image: Google Maps)

Morrisons’ store was stocked with meat products that were past their sell-by date (Image: Google Maps)

An inspection of a freezer revealed that additional meat had been frozen without labels showing freeze, thawed, or use-by dates.

Inventory was recorded as 300 slices of partially cooked bacon, all frozen for more than 30 days – the deadline by which food must be cooked according to a policy posted at the store.

The letter said: “All products found in the freezer had been frozen for over 30 days — some for as long as five months.”

The inspector noted that a manager at the main store had checked with headquarters and was advised that it was permissible to freeze product three months before use and that the 2018 procedure might be outdated.

Staffing issues were also highlighted at the Whitwick Road Daily Store, with one employee observing “struggling with a long queue of customers” and “struggling with significant demand”.

The report states: “It was clear from interviews with staff that they felt frustrated and felt that their requests for support were not being heard.”

The inspector, who was accompanied by managers from the main store, wrote: “No one could give a definitive answer as to whether food preparation, particularly bacon and sausage sandwiches, was ongoing or had stopped – and whether it had stopped when it stopped.’

Close up of bacon

Hundreds of packs of bacon were left with no labels or expired at a Morrisons store (Image: File Image by Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It also noted that the kitchen had no hand drying facility for a sink and a drain trough used in meat preparation had “a significant amount of waste, grease and mold”.

Visiting the store again four days later, it turned out that one employee was responsible for the bakery in the store as well as for preparing the raw meat and the cooking process.

The worker reportedly used the same red cloth to wipe “raw meat scraps and juices” off a surface before rinsing the material with water and using it to remove disinfectant spray.

The inspector found that this “consequently recontaminated the surface” and recommended “the need for staff retraining on cleaning procedures,” according to the report, which was released by the council at the request of

The store received one star out of a maximum of five for food hygiene, meaning “needs significant improvement,” according to a listing online July 14 on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

Lee Mansfield, Environmental Health Team Manager at the Council, told “We are committed to helping businesses across the District to thrive and our Environmental Health team is working hard to support the food businesses in our region support to ensure consumer safety and healthy.

“We encourage food businesses to achieve the highest possible food rating through inspection and support through training, advice and funding opportunities. The vast majority of food businesses in North West Leicestershire have a hygiene rating of three and above.

“When businesses are not meeting food hygiene standards, we work to ensure owners and employees understand how they can improve.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “Hygiene in our stores is very important to us. We work closely with the store to address and resolve any issues encountered during the inspection.

“We will also be in touch with the local authority for a follow-up inspection in the near future.”

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