Hampden Park kitchen bosses score embarrassing catering equipment own goal

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 10: General view outside the stadium prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and England at Hampden Park National Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Scotland’s national football stadium has been slammed by food hygiene inspectors over the state of its kitchens.

Inspectors from Glasgow City Council uncovered a series of food safety breaches relating to catering equipment and kitchen processes during a routine check at Hampden Park.

They found dirty fridges, trays, wall tiles and taps, while several of the food preparation work surfaces were crumbling with missing tiles, broken doors and damaged flooring and walls.

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Water was found to be leaking from underneath the dishwasher and coffee machine and hand-wash basins did not have dispensers for drying hands.

An open drain pipe was also found in the ‘Nevis’ kitchen next to the walk in chiller and bosses were ordered to seal it to prevent pests getting into the area, according to The Scottish Sun.

Damaged insulation and electrical wires were also found in one of the kitchens and it was noted that water from taps was so hot that it risked scalding staff, the paper reported.

Inspectors also ordered catering bosses to replace “badly scored” chopping boards, missing wooden panels in the kitchen and pastry area, missing ceiling tiles and damaged and torn fly screens.

It said that the hygiene team from Glasgow City Council inspected the kitchens serving the hospitality suites and the food kiosks in the stadium, which are run by Sodexo Prestige Events.

After issuing an “improvement required” certificate, the inspectors revisited the premises and gave them a pass after ruling that the necessary changes had been made.

Details of the inspections, the first of which was carried out last June, were only made public this week.

A Sodexo spokesperson told the paper: “At Sodexo we take health and safety very seriously. After the inspection by Glasgow City Council in June, we immediately addressed the points raised.

“We invited the Environmental Health Officers back as soon as convenient in August and upon second inspection we received a ‘pass’.”

Peter Dallas, managing director of Hampden Park Limited, a subsidiary company of the SFA who operate the stadium, also told the paper: “We are satisfied our catering partner addressed the recommendations immediately upon receipt to the complete satisfaction of the regulatory authorities.”

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