Sandwich shop owner fined for "totally unacceptable" hygiene practices
PUBLISHED: 15:52 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 15 November 2018
A food business owner near Stansted Airport who was observed using "totally unacceptable" food hygiene practices has been successfully prosecuted.
Uttlesford District Council took action against Hassan Turkak following an inspection by food safety officers at his sandwich business, Diamond Sandwiches, in the Diamond Hangar near Stansted Airport on January 24.
Mr Turkak had been warned about similar food safety practices in his previous business and was given the opportunity to improved standards. Despite this, he demonstrated poor food safety awareness, particularly with regards to the prevention of cross contamination between handling raw and ready to eat foods, the lack of hand-washing, having no means of disinfecting food contact surfaces, and the absence of any food safety management system.
Mr Turkak pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on November 8. He was fined £320 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £32 and prosecution costs of £1,530.
Cllr Susan Barker, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “This council regards prosecution as a very significant step which it generally restricts to people who blatantly disregard the law or, in this case, refuse to achieve even the basic legal requirement. The food hygiene practices witnessed during the inspection of Diamond Sandwiches were totally unacceptable.
“We always look to support businesses, but when repeated offences of this type are identified or public safety is at imminent risk, we will not hesitate to take legal proceedings to secure compliance and ensure the safety of residents.”
The council is responsible for making sure local food businesses meet the requirements in food safety. It carries out inspections at restaurants and takeaways, and operates the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in which every business serving food is awarded a rating.