The kitchen of a small Suffolk football club has been told major improvement is necessary after a low food hygiene rating.

A food hygiene rating of one - meaning Major Improvement Necessary - was given to the Cornard United Football Club’s kitchen.

A food hygiene intervention report was issued after an officer inspected Cornard United Football Ground on Blackhouse Lane in Great Cornard, near Sudbury.

The food hygiene report was issued by a food safety officer at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council after the inspection on February 27, 2024

It rated the standards in hygienic food handling – the hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage – at the site as generally satisfactory.

However, improvement was necessary in the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, and major improvement necessary in the management of food safety at the club, which is based near Great Cornard Country Park.

The report noted how out of date salad in the fridge was thrown away at the time of inspection and said stock must be rotated as a legal requirement and done so immediately.

All the matters requiring attention were legal requirements, including soap in hand wash basins, which must be dealt with within one week.

Cleaning to the site had to also improve within one week, which included removing high level cobwebs, and cleaning under all work surfaces, walls, and on all surfaces.

Flaking paint on the walls needed removing and walls resealing, and all equipment needed cleaning.

The report also recommended removing carpet from the floor within one week to facilitate cleaning.

No food safety management system was available, which the officer said must be implemented and staff trained accordingly, and the area between the sink and walls must be re-sealed.

Cornard United Football Club was contacted for comment, but none was received.