A MOBILE seafood business has been slammed by inspectors over poor hygiene standards and a history of unsatisfactory compliance when trading at markets and events.

The Cockleman, which is registered with BCP Council and operated by John Farrant, has been given a food hygiene rating of zero – the worst score possible.

The concerns raised by a local authority inspector at an event in Sherborne, coupled with years of issues from previous assessments, led to a damning report.

Yvette Landy, BCP Council senior environmental health officer, said in her report that high risk, open food was being stored in a dirty cool box at 13°C.

Meanwhile, a chiller was not working, with dressed crab, prawns, cockles and crab shell cases all being stored above the 8°C guidelines.

Further issues were found with food being left uncovered and risks of contamination.

The report added that there were no monitoring records available relating to temperature control or the use of the four-hour rule exemption.

Ms Landy’s report to Mr Farrant said: “Unfortunately, I had no option but to reassess your food hygiene rating and award your food business operation a zero food hygiene rating. This is because your business has a poor track record of complying with food safety legislation when trading at events/ markets.”

She went on to list examples of previous issues dating back to 2013, covering events in Shaftesbury, Swanage and Salisbury.

Lewis Allison, BCP Council cabinet member for communities, said: “The mobile food business ‘The Cockleman’ registered with BCP Council was inspected by Dorset Council whilst trading at an event in Sherbourne on October 14, 2019.

“As a result of the findings from this inspection together with a history of poor compliance the business has been re-rated by BCP Council under the Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating system to a zero rating.

“Environmental health officers have carried out a further visit to check compliance and will continue to monitor the situation.’’