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​Hucknall Butcher Admits Multiple Food Hygiene Breaches

13th October 2016

Hucknall Butcher Admits Multiple Food Hygiene Breaches

Mr Christopher Cassidy, a Hucknall man, has this week been sentenced for poor hygiene in his butcher’s shop. 

On 9 September 2015 and 5 January 2016, inspections of C. Cassidy and Sons Ltd at 81 Watnall Road, Hucknall, carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Ashfield District Council, revealed a host of food safety and hygiene issues. 

The officers found multiple issues including dirty equipment and utensils used to prepare and serve food, a lack of food hygiene training for staff and dirty aprons and tabards worn by staff and management. 

The members of staff working in the retail area were found to be serving on both the raw meats counter and the ready to eat counter, causing a potential source of cross contamination between raw and ready to eat foods. 

Multiple surfaces and many fixtures and fittings including towel dispensers, hand soap dispensers and chiller door seals were all found to be in a poor and dirty condition.

Following the evident poor practices and lack of cleaning and training, Mr Cassidy agreed voluntarily to close the premises and the food hygiene rating score of the premises reduced to zero. 

A revisit was made early morning on the 6 January 2016, revealing that the cleaning standards were still not acceptable and therefore the premises remained closed until a further re-visit later that day when officers considered the imminent risk of cross contamination no longer existed and the business was re-opened. 

Officers re-visited several times during January 2016, finding some improvements. A hygiene improvement notice was served in March 2016, requiring food handlers and management to receive food hygiene training.

A further re-visit of the premises in July 2016 revealed there were still issues that could lead to food being contaminated, including dirty surfaces and no adequate food safety management system. As a result, the food hygiene rating score of the premises achieved a score of one.

On 21 September 2016 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court Christopher Cassidy pleaded guilty to ten offences charged under food hygiene regulations. The case was committed to Crown Court for sentencing on 12 October 2016 at Nottingham Crown Court where he was ordered to pay a £1,500 fine and the Council’s costs of £4671. In sentencing Recorder Kushner said that the business was in a very poor state and that there had been serious failures.

Cllr. Nicolle Ndiweni, Ashfield District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Engagement commented: “Food hygiene is of utmost importance and breaches can potentially lead to severe harm for the public. In this case, there was a complete lack of basic cleaning and good food hygiene practices were not followed. Preparing food in a dirty environment is not just bad practice, it can lead to serious illness or even death.

“Ashfield’s Officers made every effort to work with Mr Cassidy to see improvements made, but had to act in the interests of public safety when issues raised were left unaddressed”.

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