Business man fined £6,350 after pleading guilty to 14 offences under Food Hygiene Regulations

A Barry businessman has pleaded guilty to 14 offences under Regulation 17(1) and 1 offence under Regulation 6(2) of the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, which occurred in three premises last year.

Those premises were the Barry Dock Café, Barry Dock and Treasure Island Foods and Island Treats, both situated at Barry Island Pleasure Park.

Steven McCartney was fined a total of £6350 at Cardiff Magistrates Court, which included £3350 for the breach of the Hygiene Improvement Notice under Reg 6(2) and £1000 for each of the 3 offences under Reg 17(1) which concerned the cleanliness of working utensils, failure to ensure an adequate number of wash basins and failure to ensure appropriate facilities were in place to maintain adequate personal hygiene.

He was also ordered to pay investigation costs of £1500 and a victim surcharge of £335.

A further offence occurred in October 2017, when McCartney failed to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice, which had been served in respect of Island Treats.

Following a visit to the Barry Dock Café, the below breaches were identified and a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was served to close the premises immediately.

  1. Failure to ensure wash hand basins for cleaning hands were provided with hot and cold running water.
  2. Failure to provide adequate facilities for the cleaning, disinfection and storage of working utensils and equipment with an adequate supply of hot and cold water
  3. Failure to ensure that adequate procedures were in place to control pests
  4. Failure to ensure that the food premises were kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition
  5. Failures to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles.

The café was allowed to re-open once the works had been carried out.

The visits to the Treasure Island Foods identified the following breaches:

  1. Failure to ensure that the food premises were kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition
  2. Failure to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles
  3. Failure to ensure wash hand basin was provided with soap

Visits to Island Treats identified the following breaches:

  1. Failure to ensure that appropriate facilities were available to maintain adequate personal hygiene including facilities for the hygienic washing and drying of hands
  2. Failure to ensure that premises were maintained in good repair and condition as to avoid the risk of contamination

Following the inspections of Treasure Island Food and Island Treats, they received a Food Hygiene Rating of 0 (Zero) – “Urgent Improvement Necessary” and 2 – “Improvement Necessary” respectively.

Mr Trobe, who defended McCartney, told the court that The Barry Docks Café has since been sold and the other two premises were up for sale.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Legal Services at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Hunter Jarvie, said: “The ownership of public businesses comes with responsibilities, and it is unacceptable to keep three premises in poor conditions.

“I hope this conviction stresses the importance of upholding a high food rating, and spreads a message to businesses across the Vale, that the Council will not tolerate facilities that are kept in such poor conditions, especially when it comes to the safety of the public.”

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