Bagel bak­ery is in hot wa­ter over hy­giene

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A NORTH Lon­don kosher bak­ery has been fined £3,000 af­ter fail­ing a food safety check be­cause it did not have hot run­ning wa­ter to clean equip­ment.

Hen­don Bagel Bak­ery was found guilty of fail­ing to com­ply with a hy­giene im­prove­ment no­tice served in June last year. The no­tice re­quired the com­pany to in­stall a hot wa­ter sup­ply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bak­ery owner Avi Avi­tal was or­dered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 sur­charge.

Mr Avi­tal, who owns eight restau­rants in­clud­ing the Orli chain, had de­nied the charge, claim­ing build­ing work had in­ter­fered with the wa­ter sup­ply.

“We were do­ing al­ter­ations and the boiler had to be cut off while the work was be­ing done,” he said af­ter the ver­dict. “The prob­lem was fixed a long time ago.”

Hen­don Mag­is­trates’ Court had heard that the bak­ery had con­sis­tently failed to in­stall the sup­ply for clean­ing work­ing uten­sils and equip­ment.

Vis­it­ing in De­cem­ber 2008, en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers con­firmed that hot wa­ter was avail­able for hand wash­ing, but not for clean­ing uten­sils.

Mag­is­trates said the of­fence was “par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous”.

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