A supermarket in West Kilbride is having to up its game after falling foul of hygiene regulations for the second time in a row.

Environmental health checks at the Co-op store in West Kilbride found the store had a minor breach in relation to the cleaning of the ceiling.

However, environmental health chiefs say that the Ritchie Street store would have passed if it wasn't for the fact that the ceiling was an outstanding issue that hadn't been resolved after a previous inspection.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “An officer from Environmental Health undertook a planned inspection on November 6, 2023, when a minor breach relating to the cleaning of a ceiling was noted.

“Minor breaches such as this would normally result in a ‘pass’ being issued in terms of the Food Hygiene Information Scheme.

"However, as the matter was outstanding from the previous inspection, the premises are classed as ‘improvement required’ due to having a recurring minor contravention."

Food Standards Scotland is the public sector body for Scotland to protect the health and wellbeing of consumers 

The main purpose of a food law inspection is to ensure food safety.

The inspecting officer seeks to establish whether food is being handled, stored and produced hygienically and is labelled and presented in compliance with all relevant legal requirements.

To help food business operators comply with food law, guidance is provided by Food Standards Scotland 

A spokesperson for Co-op, confirmed: “Co-op sets the highest standards. Improvements were carried out in November last year and Co-op has requested a re-visit.”