Enville public house prosecuted after food safety breaches
Released on 8 November 2018
Food business operators of a public house in Enville in South Staffordshire have been ordered to pay £17,475 including court costs after pleading guilty to 12 breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations.
The cases were heard at Cannock Magistrates Court on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and both defendants pleaded guilty. The Cat at Enville Limited, the food business operator, was given a formal caution with prosecution costs of £11,300. The Hicksters Limited, the management team for the public house, was fined £4,000 with prosecution costs of £2,000 and court costs of £175.
Food Safety Officers from South Staffordshire Council visited The Cat Inn Public House in Enville on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to carry out a routine food inspection and found numerous failings and unacceptable conditions including poor standards of cleaning to the structure and equipment, poor stock control and food handling practices, lack of food hygiene knowledge and risks of contamination.
Conditions were so bad that the business scored a zero food hygiene rating, indicating urgent improvement was necessary.
An Officer had found similar issues at the business at a previous inspection back in February 2016, when the business had scored a rating of one. At the time, considerable advice and guidance was given to improve the standards. After its zero rating, the Council's environmental health team served food hygiene improvement notices on The Cat at Enville Limited to improve conditions and once again offered additional guidance and assistance and, following further work, the premises had this time improved substantially. After being re-inspected and re-rated, they were awarded a 5 Rating (Very Good) after an unannounced visit by inspectors in September 2017.
Councillor Roger Lees, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said, “As a result of this successful prosecution, this business has improved immeasurably and is now following all the guidelines and standards on food safety. All food business operators need to ensure safe food is produced and sold to customers and the Council's environmental health team is authorised to take action where it finds non-compliance and especially repeated failures.
“The team can offer guidance and works with hundreds of businesses across South Staffordshire to check that food businesses in the district comply with food hygiene legislation. While the majority of businesses do comply, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts when we consider it necessary."
Food hygiene ratings can be viewed at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/
A variety of photographs are available showing examples of the breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations at The Cat Inn Public House in Enville.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000