Serve Food for Human Consumption?
FOOD SAFETY (GENERAL FOOD HYGIENE) REGULATIONS 1995
Chapter 1 section 2 c of the above regulations (Legal requirements) states that “Food businesses must take all reasonable precautions to prevent food pests, namely rats, mice, cockroaches, and flying insects gaining entry into food storage and preparation areas”. This is to prevent the contamination of foodstuffs.
The law (The Food safety Act 1990) requires that food premises are designed to prevent pest access and where necessary screening is provided to prevent a risk of infestation and/or contamination. Having no pest control will often result in prosecution with fines up to £20,000 and up to two years imprisonment.
It is recommended that any establishment that stores, prepares, holds, cooks or serves food for human consumption, including packaged confectionery; engage the services of a pest control company.
If issues do arise then:
Actions taken to prevent or control pests by engaging the services of a professional pest control company – may be put forward as part of a due diligence defence.”
Just a simple search of the internet on this subject will result in many press reports of hygine with pest issues breeches:
30th Jan 2019 Liverpool Echo (original article HERE)
Stomach churning pictures of mouse droppings and raw meat found in dirty takeaway
The owner was found guilty of eight food hygiene and safety breaches and fined a total of £3,465.
1st February 2019 The Northern Echo (Original article HERE)
Sunday dinner takeaway owner in Middlesbrough fined over filth and mouse droppings
The owner of Sundays was fined £1,000 for a catalogue of hygiene breaches and was also ordered to pay £500 in costs and a £100 in charges.
24th Jan Birmingham Live (Original article HERE)
‘Filthy’ mice-infested Alum Rock Road takeaway fined £20k after droppings found in food
Sentencing today (THURS) at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Heidi Kubik fined the restaurant £20,000.
The owner was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and 60 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £3,393 to the city council.
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