A Stockton food business operator has been found guilty of a series of food hygiene offences costing them £950 in costs and fines following a successful prosecution by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Elaine Zand, 53, of Arlington Road, Middlesbrough, operator of Royas Pantry / Accetto, High Street, Stockton, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £400 in costs plus a victim surcharge of £50 after pleading guilty to four offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Teesside Magistrates Court heard today (Tuesday 8 September) that a routine inspection by environmental health officers from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on 10 October 2014 found filthy premises and storage areas with dirt on the walls, floors, food preparation sinks, taps and electrical sockets.
Equipment involved in food preparation and refrigerated storage, including food mixers and a pizza oven, was not clean or appropriately disinfected and the equipment had not been kept in good order, repair and condition.
There was a failure to implement and maintain a food safety management system and also failure to ensure that cleaning and maintenance was sufficient to keep the premises hygienically clean and in good repair.
In mitigation, Mrs Zand said that the business was struggling and she thought that the landlord from whom she leased the premises was also responsible for the upkeep of the café and should have carried out repairs.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “There can be no excuses for poor food hygiene standards. All food business operators have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers and residents should expect premises to be kept clean, to the highest standards.
“Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Environmental Health officers will continue to work constantly to find any food operators who break food hygiene regulations and take action."
Any operators ignoring the regulations, flouting the law and risking the health of their customers will be prosecuted, as we have done today.
”Anyone with concerns about a food business can contact Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on 01642 526569 or check hygiene ratings on the Food Standards Agency website at http://ratings.food.gov.uk