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Fines for filthy fish and chip shop

a very dirty chip fryer

Published: Friday, 30th November 2018

A food premises owner in Hunstanton has been fined a total of £48,782.47 for failing to comply with food hygiene regulations despite receiving advice and warnings to improve from us.

On 28 November 2018, King's Lynn Magistrates' Court heard the case of Richard Andrew Buck of Shoreside 1000, 8 Le Strange Terrace, Hunstanton. A total of 14 offences were heard which included:

  • 4 offences for Failure to implement and maintain HACCP procedures 
  • 4 offences for Failure to keep food premises clean 
  • Inadequate hand washing materials 
  • Failure to keep ingredients in conditions to protect from contamination 
  • Inadequate provision for the storage and disposal of waste 
  • Inadequate level of personal hygiene 
  • Failure to ensure staff are suitably trained
  • Obstruction of officers 

In addition to the fines the court also made an order prohibiting Mr Richard Andrew Buck from running a food business.

Cllr Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for Housing and Community, said: "The vast majority of food premises in the area are rated good, which is excellent for the borough. Our environmental health officers at the council are always keen to provide advice and support to businesses so that they can comply with all the necessary regulations. 

"Where a business ignores the advice and continues failing to comply, we have to take action to protect the public. In this instance, repeated advice did not result in any improvement. Instead, officers witnessed a deterioration in hygiene standards at the premises. I am pleased with the outcome of this case and hope it serves to warn other food businesses that they must adhere to food hygiene regulations. A good hygiene rating is great for business."

dirty hand basin

waste oil containers

debris under fridge

dirty freezer seal

debris between freezer and unit   dried fish skin under prep table

96.1% of all premises included in the Food Hygiene rating scheme in the borough are rated 3-5. There are a total of 1275 premises included within the scheme (0-5). 

Find out more about our food hygiene rating scheme.

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