A grocery store has been fined £10,000 due to the number of food hygiene breaches found during a visit from officers from Southend Council. Grocers and Halal Butchers Southend Bangla Bazaar in London Road was found to have a vermin problem and food had been sold which was found to be contaminated with pests. Mouse droppings were littered around the shop’s storage area and the rodents infesting the store had eaten food which was likely to have been sold on the shop floor. The owner admitted liability and was fined £10,000 with £1,460 awarded to the authority and £120 paid as a victim surcharge. The owner is no longer running the store which has been taken over by new owners who knew nothing of the court case. Councillor for Regulatory Control states that this kind of infestation is unacceptable and clearly shows that the owners did not have food safety and hygiene management systems in place. It is hoped the case will send a clear message to food business owners in the Southend-on-Sea area that basic food hygiene practices must be in place to protect the public from potential illness.
Food hygiene and risk assessments
In any food business, owners must carry out risk assessments to identify areas where hazards have the potential to cause harm. Simple cleaning practices and maintenance of the shop can prevent these food hygiene breaches from reaching the extreme stages. Infestations can cause illness to the public if they are not handled and ensuring that food is stored correctly can prevent an infestation from occurring. Storing food at the correct temperature as well as cooking to the guidelines stated in food hygiene legislation is also essential for food businesses. Should you have taken ill after eating food which may have been contaminated, you may be entitled to compensation.
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