Rat and cockroach infested care homes have been revealed in an investigation of Food Standards Agency (FSA) reports.
Around 400 care homes, hospitals, nurseries and school clubs are listed by the FSA as requiring ‘major, ‘urgent’ or ‘necessary’ improvement, The Telegraph has revealed.
An FSA spokesperson said: “An overwhelming majority, almost 99 per cent, of hospitals and other care providers achieve a food hygiene rating of ‘3 – generally satisfactory’ or better.
“The food safety officer from the local authority will be taking the necessary action to ensure that the issues identified at caring premises with a lower rating are addressed and that vulnerable people are not put at risk.”
The investigation analysed food hygiene reports which rate organisations and businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from zero to five.
Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath, south-east London, was found to have an “infestation of Oriental cockroaches” during an August inspection.
Ivy House Care home in Littleover, Derby, received the same score rating after inspectors found a rat’s nest and droppings in the kitchen.
FSA inspectors told managers that staff and residents with dementia could have been exposed to Weil’s disease, the most severe form of the bacterial disease leptospirosis, which can lead to organ failure, bleeding and can be fatal.
A spokeswoman for Ivy House in Derby said the negative food hygiene report related to an outbuilding where food was not prepared.
Bexley Council said managers of Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath acted swiftly on its problems, which were later resolved.
The inspections found meals being prepared in mouldy kitchens, putting people at risk of food poisoning, with others having unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks.