Owners of two Midlands based shops have been fined £13,500 and £3000 by Birmingham Magistrates’ Court as the result of a number of food hygiene breaches.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors comments.
The Circumstances | Kangs Food Hygiene Solicitors
Food Safety Inspectors carried out several checks at the shops revealing that:
- inadequate measures had been taken to control pests, resulting in mouse droppings and packets of food being gnawed,
- crevices, gaps and cracks were left exposed in certain structural areas,
- premises were extremely unclean with inadequate hygiene practices.
The Court Proceedings | Kangs Food Safety & Hygiene Defence Solicitors
Following guilty pleas, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, imposed:
- fines of £13,500 and £3,000
- prosecution costs of £1,959 and £912
- criminal court charges.
The Council report stated:
“There was evidence of mouse activity throughout the premises. Packets of ready to eat food, on display for sale, had been damaged by pest activity.
“The premises were not kept clean, mouse droppings were found at floor/wall junctions and debris was found on the floor under display units. There were several potential pest entry points in the ceiling of the premises.”
How Can We Help? | Kangs Environmental Health Solicitors
As is clear from the 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 lawyers 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.