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Cornish Pasty producer shut down by Environmental Health

A SALTASH pasty maker has been shut down by a court after major breaches of food hygiene standards.

Cornwall Council has taken action against the Bakers Hatt, after owner Kim Gasson failed to act on improvement notices issued last year.

Ms Gasson pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates court to offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013.

As a result the court made a Hygiene Prohibition, banning with immediate effect the use of the premises or equipment at Bakers Hatt for the purposes of any food business.

Gasson was also banned from participating in the management of any food business in the future. The firm was also ordered to pay the council’s costs of £6,225.

The court heard that previous inspections carried out by Cornwall Council’s food safety team uncovered a series of hygiene failings and major breaches, resulting in six food hygiene improvement notices being served in September 2014.

The notices concerned Gasson’s failure to ensure that the business was clean and maintained in good repair and condition, the lack of a documented food safety management system, and staff not being adequately trained in safe food handling practices.

There was also a large hole in the roof and ceiling (see photo of bag to catch the water), the floor surfaces in the shop and the main preparation rooms were in poor condition, while there were inadequate pest control measures in place.

Prosecuting solicitor Kingsley Keat told the magistrates: “It is disappointing that, despite all the time spent by council officers advising Ms Gasson of the improvements required to comply, the business had failed to achieve a food hygiene rating score of no more than one.”

Ignoring your responsibilities and what the enforcement officer has to say isn’t just bad business it is plain stupid. Every business sometimes needs a little help and guidance, however if an EHO service a legal notice on you and you fail to comply then the consequences, as in this case can be catastrophic.  Always listen to what your enforcement officer has to say, even if you don’t agree with them and seek further advice from a solicitor and or specialist consultant at the earliest opportunity.