Council issues closure notice on takeaway to protect public health

News release from 10/08/2018

CAMBRIDGE City Council has issued a formal compulsory closure notice on a food business after finding food hygiene failings that put public health at risk.

Chicken Cottage at 83A, Mill Road in Cambridge was issued with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice by the council’s environmental health team after they found a cockroach infestation in the food preparation and storage areas during a visit to the business. This notice meant the business was formally closed.

Magistrates confirmed the closure after being presented with evidence by the council and issued an order to confirm this.

The business will remain closed until the council is satisfied that improvements have been made to the required standard. The court order requiring the business to remain closed is in the premises window.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “Public health should be a top priority for all food businesses in Cambridge and we expect them to meet high standards.

“That is why we have in place a robust inspection and response service which includes support from our officers when businesses need help and advice to improve. With over 94% of our businesses achieving a food hygiene rating score between 3 and 5, it is only a small number of premises that do not meet their obligations.

“However, when we find poor standards that present significant risks to food safety we will not hesitate to take action to keep the public from harm.”

Approximately 200 new food businesses are registered in the city each year and the council is responsible for enforcing food safety in approximately 1,400 outlets. Hygiene emergency prohibition notices are rarely required.

The council carries out around 500 food safety inspections or interventions each year and last year it:

  • Carried out 132 inspections of new food businesses;
  • Investigated 394 food complaints;
  • Served 554 written warnings to food businesses with six food businesses voluntarily closed for food safety reasons.

The council’s Business Regulation Plan sets out how the council priorities which include:

  • Targeting inspections on all food businesses with a lower Food Hygiene Rating System (FHRS) score of 0, 1 or 2;
  • For food businesses with a higher FHRS score of 3 to 5 which are due an intervention, either inspecting or offering alternatives such as a targeted visit if there have been any changes since their last inspection, or a self-assessment questionnaire;
  • Visiting and hazard-assessing all new food businesses within a target of 28 days;
  • Supporting food businesses to improve their FHRS ratings and display their ratings publicly;
  • Offering advice, training and mentoring to businesses following interventions;
  • Developing partnerships to provide food safety and health and safety advice to national businesses based in the enforcement areas of more than one local authority, under the Primary Authority Partnership Scheme. The council currently has such partnerships with three companies – Nandos Chickenland Ltd, Checkit Ltd and Ridgeons Ltd.

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