Cirencester Bakery ordered to pay over £3,000 for failing to comply with Food Hygiene Regulations
Release date: 21 September 2016
A bakery business based in Dollar Street, Cirencester, with retail outlets in the town, has been fined after failing to comply with food hygiene regulations.
Appearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 19 September, Robert Whiddett - trading as A J Whiddetts - pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to keep the bakery premises clean and in a good state of repair.
In February this year, officers from Cotswold District Council undertook an unannounced food hygiene inspection of the manufacturing premises at 11 Dollar Street, Cirencester, and found very poor standards of cleaning of both the structure and equipment. Given previous instances and issues regarding the cleanliness of the premises, officers felt that it was no longer appropriate to deal with the matter informally, and sought a prosecution.
The Magistrates levied a fine of £2,500 and a Victim Surcharge of £120, and costs of £500 were also awarded to the Council. In total, fines and costs amounted to £3,120, which have to be paid within 28 days.
After the hearing Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, said:
“It is disappointing that this business has been unable to comply with basic cleaning requirements over the years. Court action is a last resort, but clearly this on-going non-compliance had to be brought to an end to protect the health of the public.”