P&O Cruises ship 'fails US health check'

P&O Cruises ship 'fails US health check'

US inspections reportedly found potentially hazardous food, unhygienic pool water and cockroaches on board two P&O Cruises’ ships.

Hygiene problems were discovered when Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspectors spot-checked Oriana and Oceana (pictured).

Oceana failed a health check in January while in the US, while Oriana passed an inspection in February despite cockroaches being found in a grill, ITV News reported.

P&O Cruises said issues on the ships were "rectified immediately".

Swimming and spa pools were closed on Oceana after inspectors found the water had not been disinfected and contained inadequate levels of chlorine and bromine.

Sandwiches were left to sit in "potentially hazardous" temperatures and one member of staff who was suffering from acute gastroenteritis, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, worked with food for three hours, the report found.

Inspectors also told the cruise company to "effectively control the presence of insects" after three live cockroaches were found underneath grills on Oriana.

A P&O Cruises spokesman said: 'We are extremely disappointed in the result of this inspection and we immediately rectified the areas identified as needing attention."

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