East Tilbury sandwich bar hit with heavy fine over food hygiene

Basildon Magistrates Court

THE owner of Nancy’s Sandwich Bar in East Tilbury has been ordered to pay £2,353 for failure to comply with food safety legislation.

Appearing at Basildon Magistrates on Monday 24 July 2017, Mr Daniel Wood pleaded guilty to 11 food hygiene offences, following a visit by Thurrock Council’s food safety team in September 2016

Inspectors found a makeshift kitchen had been set up in a room previously used for storage without consideration to food safety regulations or public safety. A food safety management system had been put in place however it was not being followed.

The conditions found at the premises posed a risk to public health and the premises was rated 1 (major improvement necessary) on the Food Standards Agency’s Food hygiene rating scheme.

Nancy’s Sandwich Bar was fined £1,230 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and £123 victim surcharge.

In mitigation Mr Wood said the premises were very busy on the day of the inspection and he was short staffed.

Improvements have since been made and the premises is now rated a 4 (good) under the Food Standards Agency’s food hygiene rating scheme.

Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson said: “During the visit, the premises and equipment were found in a filthy condition, but I am pleased to see that improvements have since been made.

“I’m very pleased the owner has been working hard with the Council’s food hygiene team to ensure they bring their practices up to a safe standard.

“Our food safety team are out every day, visiting premises in Thurrock to protect consumers from harm. I hope this case serves as a warning to other food businesses that we take the safety of residents and consumers very seriously.”

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