The co-owners of a fish and chip shop in the Yorkshire coast village of Robin Hood's Bay have been fined almost £3,000 after being found guilty of four food hygiene related offences.
Susan Jane Wilkinson Verrill and Kristopher Verrill, co-owners of Mariondale Fisheries, were charged at Scarborough Magistrates court for selling unsafe food, poor cleanliness and upkeep of the premises and poor food safety management
Conditions were described as “filthy” when Scarborough Borough Council’s environmental health officers visited on 6th June, resulting in the shop being given a zero food hygiene rating.
The pair were fined £600 each for the four offences and ordered to pay a victim’s surcharge of £60 and legal costs of £746, bringing the total amount they were ordered to pay to £1,406 each, to be paid at a total of £50 per month between them.
Environment and regulation manager Jonathan Bramley said: "The filthy conditions that our officer found in the shop showed scant regard for cleanliness and the welfare of customers. Food businesses are responsible for ensuring that their premises are kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition to ensure that they produce food in a safe and hygienic manner and in a clean environment.
"As part of the food safety management system, it is expected that food business operators will be competent at stock control and discard food that is unfit to eat. Unfortunately, at the time of the visit, there was evidence of unfit food on the premises.
"We take food hygiene very seriously and we will not hesitate to take action against any food business that does not comply with the necessary legislation.”
Once the Verrills have made the necessary improvements to their shop, they have the option to request a re-rate inspection by the council.