School meals provider disqualified from acting as a Director for Food Hygiene breaches
A Director of Lincolnshire based Food 4 Thought GB Limited (the company) has been disqualified from acting as a director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 for four years for breaching numerous food hygiene Regulations.
The case commenced in 2013 when the company’s local Environmental Health Department carried out a routine inspection during which the inspection Environmental Health officers identified 12 breaches of European Food Regulations including the storage of raw meet on top of cooked meat, dirty equipment and mouldy drinking cups.
The company subsequently pleaded guilty in early 2014 to various breaches and was fined £13,800 plus £4,300 in costs.
As a result of the Prosecution, the company suffered from substantial adverse publicity resulting in the loss of many of its customers which affected the company’s finances to such an extent that towards the end of November 2014 it went into liquidation.
The loss to creditors was in excess of £200,000, resulting in an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
Commenting on the Director’s disqualification, a representative of the Insolvency Service said:
The Director was responsible for breaches of food safety regulations which put the health of school children at risk. Disqualification will help ensure that there is not a repeat occurrence of this serious failing and will act as a warning to others
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Food safety is quite obviously essential to a society which expects to see serious hygiene breaches result in Prosecution at Court, as can be seen from the above case.
Adverse publicity can be detrimental to a company’s existence.
Consumers must have confidence that the food they buy and eat will be safe and not likely to cause them harm and all food companies have a clear legal duty to meet this obligation.
As a food business owner, you are required to be fully conversant with all aspects of the relevant law, both European and National and to strictly comply with it.
Kangs Solicitors has considerable experience in representing food company owners who face prosecution for Environmental Health and Food Law offences and, in particular, we are able to advise on:
- All aspects of Environmental Health and Food Safety Law
- The content, legal implications and requirements of an Improvement or Prohibition Notice
- Representation at any Interviews under Caution conducted by the Local Authority
- Preparation of your defence in Court
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A Directors Disqualification Order has the effect that a person who is disqualified cannot:
Act as a Director of a Company
- Take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
- Be a receiver of a Company’s proper
For further information, please see this previous article on Director Disqualification
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We have specialist lawyers with in-depth knowledge of Environmental Health and Food Hygiene law who can assist you upon all of the above matters if your local authority is taking action against you. Please feel free to contact:
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