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Council closes filthy meat and food shop

Published Monday, 11 January 2016

A newly opened Wellingborough food business was closed by Environmental Health Officers using emergency hygiene powers on 18 December 2015.

Sklep Miesny U Jasia, at 35 Midland Road, Wellingborough was closed using emergency powers available to the officers from the Borough Council’s Health Protection team who visited the shop on 18 December after discovering it had very recently opened without the council being informed.

Officers found there was no hot water supply to clean food preparation areas and equipment, or to enable staff to keep themselves clean; there were no hand washing facilities where raw meat and ready to eat foods were being handled. The rear food preparation and storage rooms along with most equipment in the rear areas was filthy, with flooding and dirty water on the floor, waste accumulation, and other equipment in this area, preventing cleaning and safe food handling.

The officers decided that there was an imminent health risk and served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice upon the company Jadlo Spod Strzechy Ltd, to close it, until the health risk had been removed.

The closure was confirmed in Northampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 22 December 2015 when the court agreed that there was an imminent health risk and issued a court order for the premises to remain closed until such time as the council is satisfied that conditions have improved. The court also ordered the business owner to pay the council’s full costs of £805 for the work it had to do to safeguard the public.

Officers will now continue to work with the food business to ensure there is no risk to public health and that conditions are satisfactory before reopening. There is also an on-going investigation taking place into the conditions witnessed. If the shop reopens before the council has given a written certificate that it is safe the business operator will be committing a serious criminal offence.

The Health Protection Team can be contacted on (01933) 229777 or email healthprotection@wellingborough.gov.uk