Environmental Health officers from the Borough Council of Wellingborough have successfully closed down an unregistered Romanian food business in Wellingborough following an anonymous complaint.
Officers investigated 77 Midland Road, Wellingborough on 28 November after receiving a complaint that an unregistered food business was operating unlawfully on the premises. Officers discovered that Marius Protap Ltd was operating out of a make shift structure in the back garden.
The condition of the food room was particularly poor, with mould and slime present on the outer surfaces of chest freezers and the floor. Pieces of fresh meat, sausages, kofta and a whole hog were found without any labelling identifying durability or ingredients and with no traceability information, which did not comply with food safety requirements and posed imminent risk of injury to health. An Emergency Prohibition Notice and a Food Condemnation Warning Notice were subsequently served on the business.
On 10 December, at the Northampton Magistrates Court the Council was successful in obtaining a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order and a Food Condemnation Order for the seized meat, meaning that no food business can operate from the premises until the ‘Health Risk Condition’ is lifted by Environmental Health. Costs of £1,437 were also awarded to the council.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “I am delighted that this unregistered premise has been prohibited from trading unlawfully in our borough due to the hard work of our Environmental Health team.
“Officers work with all local food businesses to ensure they understand how to manage food safety. However, where there is an imminent risk to public health, officers do not hesitate to take immediate action to remove that risk to ensure the safety of our residents.”
Anyone thinking of starting a new food business is required by law to register the business with their local authority 28 days before operating. You can do this by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org