Oldham off licence prosecuted for food hygiene breaches

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted an Oldham off licence after mouse droppings were discovered during an inspection.

The case was brought against Philip and Joan Davies, the owners of Beer and Wine Shop, Greenwood Street, Oldham, following a food hygiene inspection on 1 July 2016.

During their visit officers found that adequate pest control procedures were not in place. Mouse droppings were found throughout the premises, on the flooring and shelving throughout the shop area, amongst the waste and on step ladders used in the shop.

The food premises had also not been kept clean or maintained in good repair and condition.

Refuse had not been removed from the cellar and shop area and large amounts of plastic and cardboard were found in these areas where surplus stock was stored.

Rotten banana skins and used tissues were found amongst the waste. The condition of the cellar and area behind the counter would encourage pests.

Mr and Ms Davies pleaded guilty to three food safety and hygiene offences at Tameside Magistrates Court on 4 May 2017. 

Mr Davies was fined £320 with a £32 victim surcharge and was ordered to pay £1,400 costs. Ms Davies was given a 12 month conditional discharge and a £20 victim surcharge.

Helen Lockwood, Executive Director of Economy, Skills and Neighbourhood at Oldham Council, said: “Oldham Council takes matters like this very seriously and we are committed to ensuring there are no serious lapses in food hygiene in premises across the borough.

“We will not hesitate to take action in cases like these to protect the health and safety of our residents.

“Business owners who run establishments that serve food must comply with the law or be prepared to face prosecution.”

Members of the public can check food businesses current food hygiene ratings at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/

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Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted an Oldham off licence after mouse droppings were discovered during an inspection.