Kettering shop owner hit with £2,500 fine for breaching environmental health rules

Wellingborough Magistrates' Court

Wellingborough Magistrates' Court

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The owner of a Kettering off licence and shop has been fined £2,500 for breaching a number of health and safety and trading standards rules.

Asadula Zada, owner of Kettering Food and Wine Centre in Rockingham Road, appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

In April last year, trading standards officers and Kettering Council’s environmental health team carried out a joint visit to investigate a complaint received from a member of the public.

During the visit, Officers found foods on display for sale past their use by dates, foods kept too warm in a chiller cabinet that wasn’t working properly, food safety procedures not being followed and staff inadequately trained.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health at Kettering Council, said: “We are committed to working with local businesses to assist them in understanding their legal responsibilities and, ultimately, keep consumers safe.

“It is regrettable when advice is not followed or standards fail to be maintained. Where public health is put at risk as a consequence, it is our duty to secure compliance by the most appropriate means.

“Responsible businesses taking the time and trouble to ensure they comply with regulations should be reassured that legal sanctions will be applied to those who blatantly disregard them.”

Kettering Council has urged new businesses requiring assistance with food safety, health and safety or licensing matters, or any existing business with queries, to contact the health protection team by emailing healthprotection@kettering.gov.uk or phoning 01536 410333.