A major Food Chain fined a total of £105,000 for breach of Food Hygiene regulations
Birmingham Crown Court imposed a total fine of £105,000 on a major corporation with an annual turnover of £1.6 billion on 19 August 2016 for three breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. The offences related to an infestation of mice and an unclean kitchen at a public house in Birmingham.
The offences occurred in February 2015 and were committed to the Crown Court for sentence by the magistrates.
The case is one of the first food cases dealt with in the Crown Court under the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline effective from 1st February 2016.
The company had sound policies and procedures at national level but had failed at a local level to ensure that those policies were properly implemented and the fabric of the building sufficiently maintained. In consequence the infestation became widespread. There was no evidence that any individual had in fact suffered harm.
A well-known Southall restaurant fined thousands
The owner of Chaudhry’s TKC restaurant in Southall, has pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene offences after council officers found their premises to be dirty and pest-infested.
MMM Caterers Limited appeared at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 following a string of failed food hygiene inspections and sustained non-compliance with basic food safety standards.
MMM Caterers Limited was ordered to pay £1500 for each of their eight offences, plus the council’s full costs of £3,615.88 and a victim surcharge of £120, bringing their total costs to £15,735.88.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “This business’s continued failure to meet basic food hygiene standards and to deal with pest infestations has put their customers’ health at risk. I would advise everyone to always check the food hygiene rating of any business before they shop or dine.
“This prosecution should serve as a warning to all food businesses that it doesn’t matter how well established they are; we will take tough action if they don’t operate within the rules.”