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Butcher fined over hygiene breaches

The owner of a Middlesbrough butchers has been hit with court fines and costs of over £2,000 after breaching food hygiene rules.

Environmental Health Officers from Middlesbrough Council’s Public Protection Service visited Emanuel Butchers on several occasions between July, 2016 and November, 2017 to carry out hygiene checks. 

Officers repeatedly found unsatisfactory hygiene conditions at the Parliament Road premises and had tried to work with the food business owner to improve conditions in the premises.

The officers warned owner Flori-Ionut Raducanu that failing to improve the hygiene standards in his premises could result in legal action

During a visit to the premises in November, 2017 officers found a deterioration in conditions.

They found serious risks of cross-contamination between raw and cooked meats, inadequate hand washing facilities, inadequate cleaning of the premises, dirty food equipment and mouldy foods were found stored in a refrigerator.

The premises were immediately closed until officers were satisfied that the risk to health had been removed. 

Judith Hedgley, Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Public Protection, said: “We tried to work with Mr Raducanu to improve standards in his business and he was given every opportunity to do so and avoid legal action.

“However, we cannot let food businesses put the public at risk and, despite receiving several warnings, he still failed to achieve the required standards and emergency action was taken.

“Mr Raducanu did not keep good standards of cleanliness and he failed to protect the foods he served from potential risks of contamination.”

Raducanu, of Leinster Road, Middlesbrough, was charged under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 with failing to keep his premises clean and in good repair, failing to protect food against contamination, failing to keep food equipment clean and disinfected and failing to put procedures in place to protect foods from risk of contamination.

Appearing before Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (November 27), the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges and was fined £1,430.

He was ordered to pay £769 towards the Council’s costs plus a £143 victim surcharge.

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Our Environmental Health Officers will always seek to support businesses where improvements in hygiene are needed to ensure compliance with food laws.

“However, where a business fails to heed warnings to improve standards then enforcement action may become necessary.”