Fine for sand­wich mak­ers who kept cut­ting cor­ners

Fresh Foods failed hygiene or­ders and did not print al­ler­gens

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A HAYES sand­wich man­u­fac­turer was slammed with a five­fig­ure fine for breach­ing hygiene reg­u­la­tions.

Fresh Foods (UK) Lim­ited, of John­sons In­dus­trial Es­tate, Silverdale Road, who pro­duce tens of thou­sands of sand­wiches each week for dis­tri­bu­tion for sale across the UK, was caught out by in­spec­tors from Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Food Health and Safety team.

The sand­wich man­u­fac­turer re­peat­edly breached hygiene regulation and was found guilty of four food hygiene of­fences at Isle­worth Crown Court on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 23.

The com­pany was made to pay a fine of £15,220, with fur­ther costs of £5,000.

Com­pany di­rec­tor, Sukhwinder Singh, was per­son­ally fined £3,300 for ne­glect­ing to main­tain good sys­tems, this in­cluded his in­abil­ity to trace in­gre­di­ents back to reg­is­tered sup­pli­ers.

Pre­vi­ous own­ers of the sand­wich man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany First Choice Deli Sup­plies Ltd were heav­ily fined be­fore a swift change of hands to Fresh Foods UK.

First Choice Deli Sup­plies pleaded guilty to eight breaches of food hygiene reg­u­la­tions on De­cem­ber 3, 2013 and was fined £8,000 and or­dered to pay £100 as a vic­tim sur­charge and £5,000 costs.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers vis­ited Fresh Foods UK a num­ber of times be­tween Oc­to­ber 2014 and April 2015, and found su­per­vi­sion of staff to be lack­ing.

The coun­cil de­cided to pros­e­cute when ad­vice to the firm to im­prove man­age­ment sys­tems and stan­dards was not fol­lowed.

Fresh Foods also failed to com­ply with a hygiene im­prove­ment no­tice and were shown to have pro­vided in­cor­rect la­belling their pack­ag­ing, which crit­i­cally in­cluded a fail­ure to iden­tify

on al­ler­gens.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “It is paramount that the res­i­dents of Hilling­don can be safe in the knowl­edge that the food they buy is hy­gien­i­cally pro­duced and re­li­ably pack­aged.

“This guilty ver­dict serves as a warn­ing to other pro­duc­ers in the bor­ough to be ex­tra vig­i­lant, as we will find and pros­e­cute those who are not.”

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