Fine of £2,500 for zero star rating takeaway

Environmental Health Officers undertook an inspection of Bunters takeaway in Huntingdon in August 2017 following a complaint about the business.

The takeaway was given a zero star food hygiene rating, which is the lowest possible score and means that urgent improvement is necessary. Environmental Health Officers discovered that there was no documented food safety management system, poor temperature control, cleaning, and stock control systems, as well as a failure to implement controls to avoid cross-contamination of food.

The premises also required structural repairs including to the bathroom hand basin which was not in working order.

A further food hygiene inspection in October 2017 uncovered additional contraventions and also evidence of rodent activity.

The manager of the takeaway, Pepi Smilkov, failed to appear at his trial on 21 May 2018 at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court. The trial proceeded in his absence and he was fined £2,500 for committing 21 food hygiene offences and ordered to pay £3,455 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

If you or your business are faced with an investigation for breaching food safety or food hygiene regulations, call our specialist Regulatory and Licensing Partner, James Lowe, on 07833 240400 for advice and assistance.