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Takeaway operator fined for food hygiene offences
The operator of a
takeaway shop in Scarborough has been fined by magistrates after he
pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences.
Taner Cankar, who runs Deals in Castle
Road, admitted failing to ensure premises were kept clean; failing
to ensure that all articles, fittings and equipment with which food
comes into contact were kept clean; and failing to ensure that in
rooms where food is prepared, floor surfaces were maintained in a
sound condition and were easy to clean and disinfect.
The prosecution was brought by Scarborough
Borough Council following two visits to the premises by
environmental health officers.
Magistrates fined Cankar a total of £750.
In addition he was also required to pay a £15 victim surcharge and
a further £250 towards the council’s prosecution costs.
Following the court hearing last Friday (13
July), Steve Pogson, the council’s Health and Community Safety
Manager, said: “Officers are keen to work with businesses to aid
them in complying with the food safety requirements. However, where
a business persistently fails in its obligations then we will not
hesitate to take action to protect public safety.
“The council has adopted the Food Hygiene
Rating Scheme which gives food businesses a score based on their
compliance with food safety law, which helps the public make an
informed choice on where they eat out. Deals has a rating of 1
which means major improvement is necessary. Ratings can be accessed
The court was told that an environmental
health officer visited Deals on 6 March this year to carry out a
routine food hygiene inspection.
The cleanliness within the premises was
found to be very poor, with accumulations of food debris, grease,
fat and dirt throughout the kitchen and particularly beneath and
behind equipment, dirty equipment and damaged or missing
Cankar was advised that the conditions within the premises
were unacceptable and that a full deep clean should be undertaken.
A revisit was carried out on 14 March 2012 and at this time
standards had not improved. Due to the lack of compliance and
previous poor track record the decision to prosecute was then