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£13,582 penalty for food hygiene breaches which posed imminent risk to public health (30 January 2017)

Date: 30/01/2017
Duncan Lewis, Personal Injury Solicitors, £13,582 penalty for food hygiene breaches which posed imminent risk to public health

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted the owners of a muffin shop for breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

Foodco UK LLP – based at Allways House, Castle Street in Cambridge – runs Muffin Break at Unit 10, Grand Central in Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham City Council prosecuted Foodco UK LLP, after environmental health officers found evidence of mouse activity throughout the store on 9 November 2015. Officers also discovered gaps around the front counter, which could provide potential entry points for pests.

Mouse droppings were found throughout the premises – including on food packaging and equipment – and a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice (HEPN) was issued, as conditions posed an imminent risk of injury to health, with food either contaminated or at risk of contamination.

Following a revisit by council officers on 10 November 2015, Muffin Break was allowed to re-open, as the risk to health had been removed.

However, at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 19 January 2017, Foodco UK LLP was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £3,582 full court costs.

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Food poisoning claims have to be made within three years of illness or diagnosis of illness – children can claim compensation for food poisoning up to the age of 21, including claims involving:


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