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Baker fined for string of food hygiene offences

 Published on: 11th January 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A baker from Ruislip has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 after admitting five food hygiene offences.

Santhru Srikandakannanathan, trading as Santhru Bakery, of West End Road, Ruislip, was prosecuted by Hillingdon Council after environmental health officers witnessed numerous food safety breaches during routine checks between November 2016 and February 2017.

The premises were poorly maintained and dirty, equipment was badly looked after, and there was inadequate pest-proofing, food safety management, staff supervision and training.

There were a variety of other problems, such as dirty tiles, mouldy grouting and a dough machine with greasy parts exposed.

Despite repeated warnings and advice, progress to improve conditions was unsatisfactory.

Appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, December 4, Mr Srikandakannanathan, of Findhorn Avenue, Hayes, pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences and was fined a total of £8,750 (£1,750 per offence). He was also ordered to pay £1,456 in costs and a victim surcharge of £170.

Santhru Bakery voluntarily closed earlier in the year.

Councillor Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for social services, housing, health and wellbeing, said: “Although the bakery is no longer open, conditions were so poor in the kitchen, and the risk of food contamination so high, that we had a duty to follow the prosecution through.

“I hope other businesses in a similar position get the message that closing down or selling up won’t get them off the hook.”

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