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    Wednesday, 23 November 2016

    Takeaway Served with £8,067 Fine

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    The Chatanoga takeaway in Hillsborough, Sheffield, was last week fined £8,067 for ‘serious’ breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations. According to local Sheffield newspaper The Star, the establishment’s owner Nico Cebani had previously been given eight food hygiene improvement notices in March and a one-star food hygiene rating following a visit from environmental health officers in July last year.

    The fine was levied on the basis of the establishment having ‘unfinished structural and pest-proofing works,’ ‘various items in disrepair’ and for failing to have a written food management system. Only three of the eight food safety notices served in March had been adequately rectified by the time Mr Cebani appeared in court on 15 November.

    The lack of a food safety management system seems to have been the biggest factor in the eventual decision to exact such a large fine. Tony Downing, cabinet advisor for Sheffield County Council, claimed that Mr Cebani could have caused ‘a food poisoning outbreak’ without one.

    A food safety management system is a legal requirement for food businesses. They are decided upon and put together by the business owners, and are based around HACCP procedures relevant to the business. For smaller and start-up businesses, the Food Standards Agency provides a food safety management system called ‘Safer Food, Better Business’ (SFBB).

    Having food safety management systems written down is crucial. It means they can be checked for quality (and, indeed, their existence can be verified) by local authorities. What’s more, by keeping it in writing, employees of the food business can be sure that the steps they are taking toward food safety are adequate.

    Mr Downing told The Star, ‘We hope this sends a clear message to other food outlets that we take our responsibilities to protect people’s health seriously.’

    The news comes as reports emerge of a huge upsurge in the rate at which government agencies issued food standards warnings in 2015/16, following the coming into force of new EU legislation related to food standards. However, since such regulations related to allergen information, it is dubious whether any of the warnings issued to Mr Cebani in March were based on the new EU legislation.

    James Stannard

    James has a Bachelor’s degree in History and wrote his dissertation on beef and protest. His heroes list ranges from Adele to Noam Chomsky: inspirations he’ll be invoking next year when he begins a Master’s degree in London.
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