The owner of a patisserie in the small Surrey village of Stoke Dâ€™Abernon has been charged with a number of food safety offences and fined more than Â£3,500.
John Matthews, who owns the Patisserie, was accused of putting his customersâ€™ health at risk after environmental health officers from Elmbridge Council inspected his premises in 2009. They found a number of food hygiene problems, including:
â€¢ Walls, floors, ceilings and food preparation surfaces that had not been cleaned
â€¢ Raw ingredients not being kept in appropriate conditions to stop them deteriorating
â€¢ Failure to manage a proper food safety management system (which should include food safety training for staff)
Following a drawn-out court case, Mr Matthews was eventually fined Â£1,250, Â£1,500 and Â£750 respectively for each of these breaches.
Commenting on the outcome of the case, the councilâ€™s head of environmental health, Tony Deag, said:
â€œThis has been an unusually protracted case, but demonstrates the councilâ€™s unwavering commitment to taking appropriate enforcement action when food business proprietors fail to take the necessary steps to ensure that consumers are protected.
â€œThe conditions officers found in this case were easily avoidable and despite having been warned, the proprietor continued to break the law with poor standards of hygiene.â€