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A food business in Barlborough has pleaded guilty in court and been fined £40,000 for food hygiene offences.

On 10 January 2019, a council officer visited the Bridgehouse Garage in Barlborough and found that the business had an active pest infestation with food items being gnawed and rat droppings in the shop area.

The situation was that bad, a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition notice was immediately served on Rana Forecourts Ltd, the food business operator to stop the sale of food. The food in the premises was immediately detained by the officer and all the affected food items were removed to a secure storage unit by the Council’s food safety team.

On a subsequent visit to the premises by council officers, they had to remove a dead rat from the cashiers’ area.

An Order for the Destruction of Food was then applied for and issued by Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 21 January 2019, and costs of £3,270.50 were awarded to Bolsover District Council.

The resulting food safety prosecution case was heard at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where the food business operator, pleaded guilty to all four charges.
It was stated in mitigation that a temporary manager (who no longer worked for the business) had failed to follow procedures. The resulting sentence were fines totalling £40,000, costs of £1,790.82 and a victims’ fund surcharge of £170.

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