Northern Ireland pizzeria fined for food safety breaches

The former owner of a pizzeria in Northern Ireland has been fined more than £1,400 for breaching food safety regulations and putting public health at risk.

The Kelstar Pizzeria in West Belfast was investigated by environmental health officers from Belfast City Council in September 2010 and then again in January 2011. They uncovered numerous breaches of food hygiene laws, including equipment that was dirty and in a poor state of repair, and damage to other parts of the structure of the premises.

Other points of concern included:

• Inadequate storage facilities for food waste
• An accumulation of waste at the rear of the building
• A lack of a food safety management system
• Failure of the business owner to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice served on the premises

It is not known whether Ciaran Kelly, the owner of the business, or his staff had undergone food hygiene training.

For a total of 14 food hygiene offences, Mr Kelly was fined £1,400 and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £66. The premises has now stopped trading, and a new owner has been found for the business.

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