Cleethorpes restaurant owner fined for food hygiene offences
A CLEETHORPES restaurant owner pleaded guilty to eight charges of food hygiene offences.
Husam Hassan, food business operator of La Bella, in the Market Place, pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences following a failure to comply with a series of food safety management issues, including weaknesses in cleaning and food handling practices.
Grimsby Magistrates’ Court heard that, due to repeated failures to act on the advice and instruction given by North East Lincolnshire Council to fully implement a documented food safety management system, weaknesses in cleaning, structural maintenance and food handling practices were apparent.
A hygiene improvement notice was served in October 2011, giving Mr Hassan three months to implement an appropriate management system.
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On expiry of the notice, a further inspection revealed that such a management system was still not in place and further hygiene offences were identified.
Mr Hassan was fined £500, ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Julie Moody, NELC’s principal environmental health officer, said the authority always endeavoured to provide businesses with the information necessary to comply with the law.
“Mr Hassan appeared unwilling to adequately respond to our guidance and repeated warnings,” she said.
“There are very few premises where we ultimately have to take court action, but we have a duty to protect the public.”