Restaurant banned for serving customers with food allergies
A restaurant in Birmingham has been banned from serving people who state they have a food allergy following a severe allergic reaction and hospitalisation of a diner. The council obtained a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order again the restaurant following an inspection of the premises. Environmental Health Officers reported food handlers had a lack of food allergy awareness training and found many areas where food could be contaminated by unintended allergenic ingredients. The order will remain in place until the food business operator can demonstrate effective procedures and practices to provide customers with allergen-free meals1
Restaurant prosecuted for pest infestation and other hygiene offences
A restaurant owner was fined £5000 following a complaint from a customer about a pest infestation. Environmental Health Officers reported five contraventions of food safety legislation including failure to register a food business, failure to implement and maintain a food safety management based on the principles of HACCP.
Shop owners narrowly miss custodial sentences but are banned for life for running or managing a food business
Owners of a shop in Luton narrowly avoided a custodial sentence but received a substantial fine and were prohibited from operating a food business for life. Environmental Health Officers during an inspection found nine contraventions in food safety and hygiene regulations2. The premises was dirty and in a poor state of repair. Foods were stored improperly with raw chicken above salad items and food handlers were not adequately trained or supervised2. A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order was served to close the shop immediately due to uncontrolled and untreated pest activity2.
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