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Fish and chip shop prosecuted for food hygiene offences

Wyre Council, The Eating Plaice Published Friday, 15 December 2017

The Eating Plaice in Fleetwood has been fined £900 at Lancashire Magistrates Court sitting at Blackpool on 13 December 2017, following an investigation by Wyre Council.

The hygiene offences were revealed after an inspection by Wyre's environmental health team. The inspecting officer found numerous mouse droppings throughout the premises on floors, stored items, in cupboards and on a work surface.

The premises were dirty and there was inadequate storage provision for rubbish as the commercial waste bin was stored inside the premises.

In addition numerous cigarette ends were found to the rear of the freezer showing that someone had been smoking inside the premises.

Ronald Brambles, the owner of the business, pleaded guilty to 8 offences under section 19 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and ordered to pay a fine of £900, pay a victim surcharge of £30 and council costs of £1,801.

Councilor Michael Vincent Portfolio holder for Health and Community Engagement 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

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