The owner of a Yarm restaurant has been fined a total of £4,357.12 for food hygiene offences.
Mr Som Emadi, 31, of Low Lane, Brookfield, Middlesbrough and owner of the Purple Pig on Yarm High Street appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court today (24 March).
He pleaded guilty to eight offences under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Stockton Council’s Environmental Health officers inspected the premises on 8 August 2014 after receiving a complaint of suspected food poisoning from a member of the public.
At the time of the inspection there was no supply of hot running water to the wash hand basin or kitchen sinks. The hand wash basin did not have a plug which meant staff could not fill the sink and there was no suitable alternative to provide hot water.
Equipment, food preparation and refrigerated storage surfaces were not being adequately cleaned and disinfected as there was no suitable antibacterial cleaner within the premises. Equipment was dirty and sticky to touch and staff were seen handling raw and ready to eat foods without adequate hand washing. The food safety management system failed to be adequately implemented and maintained.
Officers carried out an advice visit on 23 February 2015 at the request of the restaurant manager, but found areas of non-compliance were still apparent.
In mitigation, Mr Emadi said he had trusted staff to complete tasks but was unable to oversee the day to day running of the restaurant. He had also hired a consultant to train staff on site and was disappointed to find the training had not made a difference. He has now employed a company to assess how the business runs and to ensure compliance with the Food Hygiene Regulations.
He was fined £2,400 and ordered to pay £1,837.12 in costs plus a victim surcharge of £120.
Peter Kelly, Stockton’s Director of Public Health, said: “We offer support and advice to local businesses and always give them appropriate opportunities to raise standards. It is clear the food business operator took steps to improve the conditions within the premises but ultimately failed to meet sound food hygiene practices. It is up to premises owners rather than their employees to make sure good hygiene standards are upheld and management systems are in place.”
Anyone with concerns about a food business can contact Stockton Council on 01642 526569 or check hygiene ratings on the Food Standards Agency website http://ratings.food.gov.uk/