January 10, 2017
Cafe in Dudley fined £2600 for not having a sink in the toilet
Owner Lee Beddall pled guilty to the nine charges brought against him of failing to comply with requirements for a food business. His café is still open, but he will have to make big changes before inspectors return for their next.
The charges, in more detail, included:
- Failing to put in place procedures for hazard analysis critical control (HACCP) to ensure food safety at the premises. Fine: £200.
- Failing to keep clean and well-maintained structures and surfaces. Fine: £500.
- Failing to ensure fitting and equipment in contact with food were effectively cleaned and disinfected. Fine: £250.
- Failing to take steps towards good hygiene practices in rooms where food in prepared. Fine: £250.
- Failing to provide a sink in the toilets with running water. Fine: £250.
- Failing to repair the ceiling in the toilets. Fine: £250.
In addition to this, Beddall was ordered to pay £800 in court costs and a £175 victim surcharge. The owner initially purchased Wend Café in hope of a less stressful career, after being advised by his doctor to give up his job due to high blood pressure. His lawyer, Mandeep Bassi, said Beddall now feels it was “the worst decision he has ever made because he is under more pressure than ever”. He went on to say that the owner wished to sell the café for this reason, but was struggling to find a buyer.
Let’s hope that Wend Café can make the changes needed to turn things around so customers can have peace of mind whilst dining.
Where on my business premises am I required to have a sink?
Although we might think it’s obvious, the laws regarding the placements of washrooms and sinks are fairly specific.
Toilets must not directly open onto rooms where you handle food, and you are required to have an adequate number of appropriately located sinks. Washbasins also must have hot and cold running water, as well as soap and materials for drying hands hygienically.
Food businesses are also required by law to have adequate facilities for washing food. Sinks of this kind must also have hot and cold water, which is of drinking quality.
Another way to ensure you pass your next hygiene inspection with flying colours is to give yourself and your staff some basic training on HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). Appetite Learning’s Level 2 HACCP course provides food industry workers with important knowledge on how to ensure their working practices comply with this internationally recognised food safety standard.
All staff must make sure that day-to-day working processes comply with HACCP – it is advisable for management to develop their own HACCP system to ensure this is kept in check.