TWELVE food outlets in Camborne have failed their food hygiene inspections.
Most businesses, which included a care home and homeless service, failed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspection because of bad record-keeping related to the storage, preparation and cooking of food.
Others were caught out by minor faults, such as "untidiness" or the layout of the kitchen, when a food hygiene inspector visited their premises.
But one business owner admitted a lack of knowledge of the food business.
Laura Pearce, who owns Scallywags café, failed her inspection last August for not keeping any records and for failing to register with the FSA when she opened the business in 2010.
"I was new to it. No one told me that, when buying a café, you had to do this," she said.
"I was not aware that I had to register with the FSA and keep a logbook.
"I was doing everything I should have been doing, there was just no record of it."
The manager of Mackfalls Fish And Chip Shop, Beverley Paynter, did not keep her paperwork up to date.
The shop also failed because of an "untidy" prep room, a broken hot water heater and a spot of dirt which was stuck to the floor.
"We still had our Christmas decorations up in the prep room," she said.
"Some of the inspection seemed pretty anal.
"But I cannot disagree with what the inspector said."
The manager of the Four Oceans restaurant, Kaman Lee, said it failed because it did not keep records of food care for the months before the inspection.
The restaurant was also penalised for not finding some back-up thermometers in its fridges and freezers.
He said: "We found them – but only after the inspector had gone. I think it is a bit of a heavy penalisation for a few minor points, especially as he praised us for how clean our kitchen was."
Camborne Rugby Football Club's treasurer, Peter Floyd, said: "The kitchen was spotless, they acknowledged that, but the paperwork was a couple of months out of date, so that was unlucky on our part.
"It is savage really because it does not give a true picture of the facilities."
Rob Vingoe, owner of Berrymans Bakery, said he was not aware of his inspection, so he preferred not to comment about his rating.
But he added: "There is far too much fear used in food these days. It certainly does not help businesses in the current climate. Everyone is struggling."
Sarder Kabir, owner of Chutney Mango, said his restaurant failed because its logbook was full and they did not buy a new one. "This does not affect the food preparation or public health."
Martin Hoyle, catering manager for Cygnets Restaurant, Tehidy Park Golf Club, which received a rating of 2, said: "Yes, we failed, but I believe it is something we have all got to get to grips with."
All the 12 food outlets which failed the inspection were contacted by the West Briton.
All the businesses said they had rectified the problems brought to light in the reports.
The FSA rates all establishments which provide food, including schools, pubs, hotels and care homes.