Crawley butcher and greengrocer shop fined for food hygiene offences

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A shop owner who pleaded guilty to seven food hygiene offences has been fined.

Amina Ahmed, the food business operator of Eastern Spice – a butcher and greengrocer – in Horsham Road, West Green pleaded guilty to all seven offences at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on August 28.

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The seven food hygiene offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 related to conditions found by the council’s Environmental Health Officers during two visits in June 2014.

Offences included the failure to have in place, implement or maintain a permanent procedure based on HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) principles, failure to keep the premises and equipment in good order, repair and condition, inadequate hand wash facilities, inadequate pest control procedures and inadequate food hygiene training for staff.

The council took the decision to prosecute Ahmed following poor standards of compliance with food hygiene requirements over a number of previous visits.

She was fined £300 for each offence totalling £2,100, and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £4,750.50 and a victim surcharge of £30.

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A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “The business has been the subject of subsequent routine visits, which have shown some improvement in standards, with the defendant improving both practices and the condition of equipment. Eastern Spice’s National Food Hygiene Rating was zero in June 2014 but increased to one at the most recent inspection.”

Councillor Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “The council takes offences like these very seriously and will prosecute where necessary.

“Our priority is keeping the public safe and these fines will send a strong message to any other food businesses who think they can flout the rules.”