Club hits back over food hygiene report

The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.
The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.

Mansfield Town has hit back at a national report over food hygiene safety at the stadium, which had named it as the worst in the Football League.

Stags had finished rock bottom of all 92 clubs for food safety with just a one-star rating from hygiene officers for their kitchens and kiosks.

But since then, the club has been visited by inspectors again and now boasts a four-out-of-five-star rating.

A statement from the club reads: “Mansfield Town Football Club is pleased to have a high rating of ‘four-out-of-five’ for food and hygiene, awarded by the government’s Food Standards Agency.

“The club maintains the highest possible standards of cleanliness and hygiene throughout the organisation.

“A recent report by an online national newspaper refers to an out-of-date rating, with details being noted from a previous inspection at the club.

“Mansfield Town Football Club is highly content with the level of cleanliness, food preparation and hygiene and we aim to obtain a maximum rating of ‘five-out-of-five’ after the next visit from the Food Standards Agency.

“The club takes food hygiene very seriously and our good rating reflects this.”

According to the report on the Daily Mirror’s website, the club had been criticised after inspectors found grease dripping from an extraction duct at the One Call Stadium, raw meat was stored in the same fridge as cooked bacon and the kitchen were discovered not to be pest-proofed.

Stags had been the only club in the Football League to have originally scored just one star.

All Premier League clubs had received a four or five-star rating, as had the majority of Championship teams, with the exception of Ipswich Town, who received a three.

Only Bradford City and Stags’ fierce rivals Chesterfield scored a three in League One, with the rest picking up a four or five.

In League Two, most also picked up a four or five-star rating, with Luton receiving a three, while Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil Town received a two.