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Fish processing firm prosecuted for food hygiene offences

Dirty pallets and a cigerette end in the storeroom for web Published Monday, 22 May 2017

Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd in Fleetwood has been fined £13,500 following an investigation by Wyre Council.

The hygiene offences were revealed during inspections by Wyre's environmental health team between March and July 2016. 

Officers found dirty tables and equipment, damaged floors, walls and ceilings, cigarette ends in food storage areas, inadequate record keeping and insufficient food safety management procedures in the wet fish processing factory. 

Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd pleaded guilty to nine offences under regulation 19 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at Blackpool Magistrates Court on Monday 22 May. 

Neil Greenwood, Head of Environmental Health and Community Safety at Wyre Council, said: “Wyre Council takes food hygiene very seriously and if premises don’t comply we have no option but to consider formal action. However we do want to help businesses achieve compliance and always encourage proprietors to work with us." 

The company was fined £13,500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and full costs of £1,639.

All food businesses are inspected by Wyre Council and last year (2016/17), of a total of 1,116 in the borough, 93% were broadly compliant with food safety and hygiene regulations.

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