£180k fine for serious failings
“A large pub company found itself on the receiving end of a six figure fine for food hygiene offences in relation to a dirty kitchen at one of its premises.
Croydon Magistrates Court gave Marston’s PLC a fine of £180,000.00 after it admitted food hygiene offences at one of its premises in the borough. The kitchen at the ‘Port and Sorter’ had been inspected by council officers and found to have mouse droppings, dirt and grime and grease build up. The unsatisfactory conditions lead to the premises shutting whilst emergency clean up works took place.
This is yet another example of the effect of the changes to sentencing guidelines for these types of offences, and the heightened risk to operators of falling foul of the regulations. The fines which are given for these types of offences are now substantial.”
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