A branch of Chicken Hut in Middlesbrough has received a fine and been closed after Middlesbrough Council’s environmental health officers discovered poor hygiene standards.
In October 2013, the officers visited to carry out a routine inspection and found the premises dirty and covered in mouse droppings. The council issued a Food Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice forcing the owner to close the takeaway and take steps to rectify the issues. The premises remained closed for five days.
Infestations and poor standards of hygiene could lead to food becoming contaminated and outbreaks of food poisoning. In this instance, the owner was fined £500 after pleading guilty to three offences – failing to keep food equipment disinfected and clean, failing to keep his premises clean and failing to take steps to control pest infestation.
The council work closely with local food businesses to ensure high food hygiene standards are maintained but enforcement action is always taken when the public’s health is put at risk.
Have you been affected by food poisoning?
As anyone who has been affected by food poisoning knows, the symptoms are far from pleasant and can include nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating food from your local takeaway, you probably want to ensure the same thing does not happen to other people. Reporting the problem to the takeaway itself is a good place to start and you may also wish to report this to the environmental health department at your local council. If you or a member of your family have been affected by food poisoning, you may also be considering claiming for compensation. Seek advice from a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to look at your case in more detail and tell you whether or not you could be eligible to claim.
Making a claim for food poisoning compensation
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Source: Gazette Live