Takeaway owners fined over food hygiene breaches

Takeaway owners fined over food hygiene breaches
06 September 2018

The owners of a town centre takeaway are more than £2,000 out of pocket after admitting four food hygiene offences.

Officers from the council’s environmental health team carried out a routine inspection at Star Pizza, in Victoria Road, on 27 March.

Inspectors found:

  • the premises and equipment were dirty
  • food was at risk of contamination because raw food was being stored in the same containers as ready to eat items
  • delivery staff were not suitably dressed to be in the kitchen.

No marked improvement was noted during a return visit two days later, although the premises were cleaner during a further visit at the end of May.

The owners of Star Pizza admitted four breaches of food hygiene regulations.

Magistrates in Newton Aycliffe, at a hearing on 5 September, imposed a £2,000 fine with £562 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Councillor Chris McEwan, deputy leader of Darlington Borough Council, whose Cabinet portfolio includes environmental health, attended the inspection of Star Pizza on 27 March as an observer.

He said: “Although the vast majority of catering premises in Darlington comply with food hygiene regulations, the owner of this business had failed to maintain standards.

“This case sends a message to food business owners in Darlington that there will be consequences if they choose to cut corners when it comes to the important issue of hygiene.

“It’s another great example of the council working hard to keep the public safe, and I would like to thank our food enforcement officers for their efforts.”

All businesses that serve food have a hygiene rating. They can be accessed via the council’s website at www.darlington.gov.uk/foodhygiene


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