All four food premises that failed their second health inspection have since come up to standard, the Marlborough District Council says.
Council district secretary Tony Quirk confirmed yesterday that all four premises had received and passed their third inspection by council environmental health officers.
A council report in August showed 11 food premises had failed annual health inspections during the past year and after a request from the Express the council revealed this week that four of those premises had also failed a second inspection.
While all the businesses had passed a third inspection one business was subject to three-month inspections, Mr Quirk said.
The council is refusing to name the premises because none were deemed serious health risks, all had taken steps to fix problems identified in the inspections and naming them would cause undue harm to their business, Mr Quirk said.
Yesterday the Express reported that under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974, food premises are anywhere food is manufactured, prepared, packed, stored or handled before sales, used by staff from a food premises for work, or sold, including mobile stalls.
However, Mr Quirk later clarified under the council regulations food stalls were not required to register with the council as food premises, but they had to receive a permit to sell food. When food stalls applied for a permit they had to detail how and where food was prepared to ensure they were safe, but common sense had to prevail when it came to inspections and the council could not inspect every sausage sizzle, he said.
The council was not required to inspect supermarkets, which were registered with and inspected by the Primary Industries Ministry.
- The Marlborough Express