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    Penarth Bakery Owner Banned for a Decade

    A bakery owner in Penarth has received a decade-long ban from managing any food businesses following a stomach-churning history of flouted food hygiene. Gareth Spray, owner of Penarth Bakery Limited, pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 2nd of March to 28 charges of food hygiene offences and another eight offences for not complying with hygiene notices delivered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Additionally, Spray pleaded guilty to two offences of serving food that was unfit for human consumption. The Cardiff Magistrates Court fined the bakery owner £10,000. Penarth Bakery Ltd conceded that the offences owner Spray pleaded guilty to were true. 

    Shared Regulatory Services officers uncovered serious breaches of hygiene regulations at one of Penarth Bakery Limited’s establishments, Modern Bakery. Shared Regulatory Services polices businesses selling food within Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to ensure that food safety legislation is followed. Officers paid several visits to the establishment, discovering rodents alongside a laundry list of offences. Over the course of these inspections, Modern Bakery was operating both as a food manufacturer, providing other establishments with their products, and as a retail shop for its own goods.

    Serious food safety breaches were committed by Modern Bakery causing the officers to serve 11 improvement notices, reports the Penarth Times, including:
    • Poor personal hygiene
    • Failure to protect food from contamination
    • Unclean premises in poor condition
    • Storing high-risk food without temperature control
    • Failure to ensure adequate procedures in place to control pests
    • Placing unfit food on the market
    • Failure to implement and maintain written food safety procedures at the business
    • Demonstrating lack of control and care
    • Failure to comply with eight hygiene improvement notices

    Penarth Bakery Ltd received a food hygiene rating of zero, a score that the business failed to display. We’ve written previously about what happens when a business scores zero. Food establishments in England are not legally required to display their food hygiene ratings for the time being; since November 2013, however, food retailers in Wales and Northern Ireland are required to display their food hygiene rating prominently in front windows or on menus. In this regard, Penarth Bakery Ltd again failed to comply.

    The judge responsible for the case, Bodfan Jenkins, admonished the business as a whole for failing to improve the state of the business by disregarding hygiene notices delivered by Shared Regulatory Services officers. The seriousness of the offences and indifference towards food safety meant that Spray had a rough sentencing.

    He will spend four months in prison, is suspended for 12 months, must do 200 hours of unpaid work and go to rehabilitation for up to 15 days. For the 36 offences of food hygiene, Spray was fined £200 each totaling £7,200. On top of that, Spray must pay £1,400 and a victim surcharge of £115.

    Penarth Bakery Ltd didn’t escape the wrath and was ordered to pay £1,300 for each serious offence and £200 for minor offences totaling £10,000. On top of that, the company must pay £1,400 and a victim surcharge of £200. 

    Jacqui Litvan

    Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver).
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