National retailer to pay over £60k for food hygiene breaches
A national retailer has been fined over £60k, for food hygiene offences committed at their McColl’s store on Market Hill in Sudbury.
Martin Retail Group Ltd was sentenced for multiple food hygiene offences at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court last week (15 April).
They must now pay a total of £60,000 in addition to £5,589.08 of costs awarded to the council, for the offences which date back to 8 January 2020.
Babergh District Council officers visited the premises, following a complaint about rats at the store located at 19 Market Hill.
On inspection they found evidence of a pest infestation, as well as sewage leaking over the toilet floor.
Following representations made by Babergh District Council’s prosecutor David Smithet at court, Martin Retail Group Ltd plead guilty to five charges:
- Failure to ensure that there were adequate procedures in place to control pests contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004
- Failure to keep a food premises clean contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004
- Failure to ensure that the construction of food premises permitted good food hygiene practices, including protection against contamination and pest control contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004
- Failure to ensure that food was protected against any contamination likely to render the food unfit for human consumption, injurious to health or contaminated in such a way that it would be unreasonable to expect it to be consumed in that state contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004
- Failure to ensure that the available flush lavatory was connected to an effective drainage system contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004
Cassandra Clements, assistant director for environment and commercial partnerships at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said:
“Our officers work hard to keep the public safe when purchasing food or goods, or eating out – so this is another great result. We take a graduated enforcement approach, share intelligence with authorities across the country, and support our businesses with advice and guidance, with prosecution being the last resort.
“This conviction shows the importance of good hygiene practices and sends a clear message that breaches will not be tolerated. This vital work ensures our communities are protected and that Babergh remains a place people are proud to live and work.”