CAMBRIDGE City Council has successfully prosecuted a pizza delivery company for food hygiene offences after it failed to deal with a serious infestation of cockroaches on its premises.
The director of Exultant Pizza Ltd, trading as Pizza Hut Delivery at 83 Mill Road in Cambridge, pleaded guilty at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court to being aware of the infestation and failing to have adequate procedures in place to control the pests.
The company was fined a total of £13,070 including legal costs and victim surcharges.
Council officers had visited the premises and discovered evidence of live and dead cockroaches at various stages of development.
Cockroaches can potentially cause illness through contamination of foodstuffs, surfaces and packaging materials.
In agreement with the business owner, the premises were immediately shut down so that necessary remedial works could be carried out . After a follow-up inspection the premises were deemed to no longer pose a risk to public health, so were re-opened.
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 maintain high standards.
“However, when we find poor standards that present significant risks to food safety and associated public health we will not hesitate to take action to keep the public from harm.
“In the current climate, with Coronavirus at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it is essential that businesses comply with all food hygiene legislation, and where premises have been closed for a period it is imperative that extra checks for pests are taken before opening.”
The guilty plea was entered at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on 5 August, 2020.