The owners of a West Midlands based restaurant were recently fined at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court as the consequence of a number of food hygiene breaches.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors comments.
The Circumstances | Kangs Food Hygiene Offences Defence Solicitors
Food Safety Inspectors discovered a number of significant health risks including the following:
- the floors and walls were dirty,
- cooking equipment was found to be unclean,
- an open bottle of milk was found in the fridge which was almost two weeks out of date.
At the relevant time the restaurant was given a zero star health rating but has recently achieved a five star rating.
The Court Proceedings | Kangs Food Safety & Hygiene Defence Solicitors
At the Hearing, the owners pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences and the Court imposed the following penalties:
- fines amounting to £1,140 and costs of £1,173.20.
- surcharges of £112.
After the hearing, Councilor Nicolas Barlow, was quoted to have said:
‘However, in certain cases, prosecution is the only option in our bid to ensure people are protected when eating out in the Dudley borough and we have a zero tolerance of zero hygiene ratings.
It is pleasing to see that lessons have been learnt and that this restaurant is now achieving the top food hygiene rating.
Nearly half of all food outlets in the borough are achieving the top hygiene rating of 5 and the vast majority achieve a satisfactory rating of 3 or more.
I would urge consumers to check out hygiene ratings online as these will give consumers a glimpse of what is going on in the kitchen when they eat out, or behind the scenes at the places they shop.’
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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