A Whitby Kiosk food operator was recently prosecuted for a number of food safety and hygiene breaches.

Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors outlines the circumstances.

If you are being investigated or prosecuted, or anticipate being so, for any alleged Food Safety & Hygiene offences, it is imperative that you seek immediate expert guidance.

For an initial no obligation discussion, please call our Team at any of our offices detailed below:

The Circumstances | Kangs Environmental Health Investigations Defence Solicitors

Environmental Health Officers, upon searching the kiosk in September 2021 discovered that:        

  • the kiosk floor and card payment machine were not clean;
  • fixtures and fittings inside the kiosk were unhygienic;
  • there were accumulations of fat and dirt on equipment;
  • the overall standard of the business which was selling food to the public was extremely poor.

The Court Proceedings | Kangs Food Safety & Hygiene Offences Defence Solicitors

At the Hearing before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, the kiosk owner pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences which resulted in the following penalties being imposed:

  • a fine of £784,   
  • costs amounting to £1,000,    
  • a surcharge of £74.              

Official comment:

Jonathan Bramley, an environment and regulation manager, said:

‘We take food hygiene very seriously and we will not hesitate to take action against any food business operator that fails to keep their premises clean and maintained in good condition.

Unfortunately, there was a history of poor non-compliance with food hygiene regulations by this food business operator and we had little choice but to take formal action against her.

We can only hope that the court action results in the necessary improvements being made.’

How Can We Help? | Kangs Food Safety Solicitors

The Team at Kangs Solicitors offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with all matters of environmental health and food hygiene law.

As is clear from the case reported above, the Courts are not afraid to impose large fines in recognition of the serious threat to public health that unhygienic and unsafe operations pose.

Our specialist solicitors are able to provide advice and assistance throughout the entire criminal process.

Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors

Please feel free to contact our team through any of our solicitors named below who will be happy to provide you with some initial advice and assistance:

Suki Randhawa
srandhawa@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 | 07989 521210

Amandeep Murria
amurria@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0161 817 5020 | 020 7936 6396

John Veale
jveale@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 07989 521210