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Court fines for food hygiene offences

The owner of a butcher’s shop in Goole has been fined after pleading guilty to eight food hygiene offences.

Stuart Drury, food business operator of Steve’s Quality Foods, Westfield Avenue, Goole, appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday 7 November 2018 where he pleaded guilty to the food hygiene offences in a prosecution brought by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The court heard how on 2 May 2018 officers from the council’s food services team carried out a food hygiene inspection at the shop and found serious food safety issues. Officers found extensive cleaning neglect throughout the premises and failure to provide hand drying materials at the wash hand basin. The food safety management system was inadequate, resulting in poor food hygiene practices and cloths being used in both raw meat and ready to eat areas.  The food business was issued a good hygiene rating score of 0.

Mr Drury was fined a total of £1,200 and was ordered to pay full costs of £2,106.21.  In addition to this, Mr Drury was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

Andrew Buxton, food services manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:  “This was an important case to bring to court, due to the very real risks that arise when food safety hazards are ignored in food businesses.  In this case, disregard for hygiene regulations and specific guidance to avoid E.coli O157 cross-contamination caused serious concern in this butcher’s shop.  We are pleased with the outcome and continue to work with the food business operator to ensure appropriate standards are being met.”

The food hygiene rating of all food businesses can be found on the Food Standards Agency website, www.fsa.org.uk .

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