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Bakery manager fined in court after pleading guilty to 13 food hygiene offences

PUBLISHED: 12:47 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 20 June 2018

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sarah Lucy brown

The manager of a Bury St Edmunds bakery faces a court bill of more than £7,000 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences.

Stephen Farleigh, of The Court Patisserie, Glastonbury Road, was fined £5,200 for 13 offences, with £1,851 costs and £40 victim surcharge at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich on Tuesday.

The bakery was inspected on February 27 this year by Belinda Betham, environmental health officer for west Suffolk councils, and poor standards were found including no documented food safety management system and staff with no hygiene training.

The inspection also discovered poor cleaning and housekeeping, poor structure, and no hot water provided to the wash hand basins in the staff toilets.

Following the inspection the business was given a food hygiene rating of zero – meaning urgent improvement was necessary.

Mr Farleigh was represented by his daughter Jemma Farleigh who outlined the improvements that had been made to the business following the February inspection.

The council said the bakery has received many inspections since Mr Farleigh took over the business in 2001 and ratings following inspections have ranged from zero to three (generally satisfactory).

Summing up, magistrates stated that the local authority had been extremely patient with Mr Farleigh and had offered advice on how to comply with the law which had not been accepted, and the business had entered into a downward spiral.

Since the inspection in February further visits have been made to the business and significant improvements have now been made. Mr Farleigh presented photographs as evidence of improvement now in place.

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for planning and growth, said: “The council is committed to protecting the health of the local community and food law lays down basic cleanliness, structural and hygiene standards for food businesses to help keep customers safe.

“We also put huge efforts into supporting our businesses to improve and grow. Everyone benefits from a successful business and being safe makes good sense.

“Our environmental health team work hard to support food businesses by ensuring they are aware of their responsibilities and by giving advice and guidance.

“Those that ignore advice on food hygiene requirements face enforcement action and ultimately financial penalties.”

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