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Bakery prosecuted for food hygiene offences

Mouse found on bakery floor
Mouse found on bakery floor
Published Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dancing Fish Events Ltd trading as Lawns Bakery in Fleetwood has been fined £12,000 following an investigation by Wyre Council.

The hygiene offences were revealed during an inspection by Wyre's Environmental Health team on 16 January 2017. Officers found a live mouse in the bakery, mouse droppings in the kitchen, mouse droppings on food contact equipment, dirty equipment and a lack of effective monitoring procedures within the business.

Dancing Fish Events Ltd pleaded guilty to nine offences under regulation 19 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at Lancashire Magistrates Court sitting at Blackpool on Monday 14 August. The company was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and full costs of £1,320.

Councillor Vivien Taylor, Health and Community Engagement Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council, said: “Wyre Council takes food hygiene very seriously and if premises don’t comply I can assure you we will take action whenever and wherever necessary."

All food businesses such as restaurants, take away premises, shops or mobile food vehicles are visited and inspected by Wyre Council. After each inspection businesses who sell food directly to the public are awarded a food hygiene rating.

Last year (2016/17), of a total of 1,116 in the borough, 93% were broadly compliant with food safety and hygiene regulations.

You can check the food hygiene ratings of every food business in Wyre at ratings.food.gov.uk.

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