A BRADFORD convenience store has been told "urgent improvement" is necessary after it was slapped with a zero food hygiene rating.

Kofola, on Great Horton Road, was given the score following an inspection by the Food Standards Agency last month.

At Kofola, inspectors found improvement was needed in all three categories; hygienic food handling, the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building, and management of food safety.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kofola's ratingKofola's rating (Image: FSA)

"Major improvement necessary" was needed in the hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling, and storage.

There was "improvement necessary" when it came to having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities, and pest control to enable good food hygiene.

The system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety and that the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in the future all needed "urgent improvement".

The Telegraph & Argus has made attempts to contact the store but has not been able to reach anyone. 

Almost 4,000 premises across Bradford are rated by the Food Standards Agency, based on the findings of local authority inspectors, who work all year round.