The food business operator of a Stockton sandwich shop has today (31 May) been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for food hygiene offences.
55 year old Abdul Ghani Alasadi of Deacon Street, Middlesbrough, the former food business operator of Colours Sandwich Shop on Norton Road, Stockton, pleaded guilty to five offences under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at an earlier hearing on 19 May 2016.
When Environmental Health officers from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council visited the premises on 18 July 2014 to carry out a routine general food hygiene inspection they found:
- Grease and dirt throughout the premises and food preparation areas
- A failure to keep food preparation equipment and refrigerated storage clean and maintained in good repair and condition
- A failure to put in place, implement and maintain permanent procedures based on hazard analysis and critical control principles
- A failure to ensure hygienic hand drying facilities for the wash hand basin
- A failure to ensure food handlers were adequately trained, instructed and/or supervised in food hygiene matters.
In mitigation, Mr Alasadi said that the business had been too much for one person to take on alone and that standards in the premises were down to negligence and a lack of awareness.
He was fined a total of £346 plus £729.60 in costs and a victim surcharge of £34.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, Councillor Steve Nelson, said: “The conditions found at this sandwich shop were completely unacceptable. All food business operators have a legal responsibility to ensure their food is prepared under sound food hygiene regulations. Mr Alasadi did not do this and as a result his customers were put at risk.
“Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council works continuously to inspect food premises and will take action against premises which do not meet the appropriate standards.”
Members of the public can check hygiene ratings on the Food Standards Agency website http://ratings.food.gov.uk/
To contact Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Environmental Health team for help and advice, call 01642 526575 or email [email protected]