The owners of an Oxfordshire based restaurant were recently fined at Oxford Magistrates’ Court for a number of food hygiene breaches.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors comments upon this recent Prosecution.
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The Circumstances | Kangs Food Hygiene Offences Defence Solicitors
Food Safety Officers discovered during an unannounced visit in October 2019:
- evidence that rats had gained access to food and gnawed packaging,
- that equipment storage areas, outside and inside the premises had been infested by rats,
- a large hole to the food store room caused by rats;
- rat droppings on kitchen equipment.
The Court Proceedings | Kangs Food Safety & Hygiene Defence Solicitors
At the Hearing, the restaurant owners pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences and they:
- were fined £3,000 for each food hygiene offence,
- were Ordered to pay £2,211 in costs and
- a surcharge of £181 was imposed.
After the hearing, Jenny Hannaby, cabinet member for housing and environment at the Vale of White Horse District Council, was quoted to have said:
“The council’s food safety officers have an important role protecting people’s health. They are rigorous and diligent in their work making sure businesses which serve food keep to high hygiene standards.
When firms fail to meet these standards, as in this case, officers will take immediate action. I am pleased to hear that the restaurant has now worked hard to improve food hygiene levels and its food safety for its customers.”
How Can We Help? | Kangs Environmental Health Solicitors
As is clear from the case 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.
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