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    Cardiff Wholesaler Slapped with Heavy Fine for Food Hygiene Violations

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    Global Foods Limited, a food wholesale company based in Leckwith, Cardiff, has been ordered to pay a substantial fine of £120,000 for their violations of food hygiene legislation, following an investigation prompted by a complaint received in December 2015.

    The initial complaint claimed that ham and cheese was being transported in a non-refrigerated van; a legal notice was then issued to the company requiring them to ensure that all of their drivers had temperature control equipment in their vehicles. A follow-up investigation carried out within 14 days actually found that the company was in fact complying with these measures, until they breached the terms of the notice later the very same month.

    A council officer stated that he witnessed a non-refrigerated Global Foods Ltd van delivering cooked an uncooked meats to Pentrebane Kebab House. Transporting such items without any form of refrigeration or temperature control is a clear violation of legislation. The company told the court that driver error had led to the wrong vehicle being loaded.

    Following a court appearance, the company was deemed to have been transporting ‘high-risk’ food in an improper manner (namely, a non-refrigerated vehicle), and was subsequently charged with breaching the Regulation 9(7) of the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006 as amended by the Food Hygiene Regulations 2012.

    District Judge Bodfam Jenkins explained the reasoning behind the ruling, stating that, “The defence hasn’t provided any evidence that the driver in question on December 9, 2015, had been sufficiently trained.

    “I have considered the guidelines in sentencing fairly and proportionately and have ensured that it is sufficiently substantial to have a real impact to drive home the message to shareholders and management so they uphold the law.”

    Following the ruling, a company spokesman for Global Foods Ltd released a statement hoping to reassure customers that this was a one-off offence, and does not reflect the company as a whole:

    “We are conscious of the ruling at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on January 19.

    “As a company we take food safety and our obligations extremely seriously. We would like to reassure all of our customers this was an isolated incident and that lessons have been learnt and measures implemented to make sure this situation will not happen again.”


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