Restaurant prosecuted

Spelthorne restaurant owner prosecuted for food hygiene offences

On Monday 28 January at Guildford Magistrates Court, Spelthorne Borough Council prosecuted the owners of The Golden Grill, 1 Stainash Parade, Kingston Road, Staines-upon-Thames for food hygiene offences.

Business owner Mr Adem Kaya, of Whitton Way, Whitton pleaded guilty to four offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004. Magistrates ordered him to pay fines of £1,800 plus a £170 victim surcharge and £2,000 prosecution costs.

The case centred around two visits to the premises, on 26 February 2018 and 16 July 2018.  During the visits, food safety officers found poor standards of cleaning, unsatisfactory handling practices including raw meats being stored close to ready to eat foods, out of date food, inadequate staff training and a lack of management controls.

The magistrates took into account the early plea but reflected that this was a very serious case which could have ended in a custodial sentence.

Cllr Daxa Patel, Cabinet Member for Environment and Compliance, said: "Food laws are there to set out basic standards for food businesses to help keep customers safe and healthy. We hope this sends a message that business owners who ignore food hygiene requirements and put the public at risk will be held to account".

The Council's Environmental Health Team carry out over 400 inspections of food businesses in the Borough each year, and provide advice and guidance to food business owners as well as awarding a hygiene rating. To check the hygiene rating of your favourite food business, visit http://ratings.food.gov.uk/.