Pizza company ordered to pay around £10k for breaching hygiene regulations in St Albans shop
PUBLISHED: 17:05 07 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:13 07 August 2014
A pizza company has been fined £4,900 for failing to keep its St Albans premises and equipment clean and breaching safety regulations.
Parizon Limited, trading as Pizza Go Go, was prosecuted by St Albans district council after officers inspected their store in London Road on November 28 last year.
Twelve of the offences concerned non-compliance with Hygiene Improvement Notices served on 4 September 2013.
Two further offences involved failure to keep equipment clean and failure to keep the premises clean. And the final two offences concerned health and safety at work.
The company was fined £300 for each of the 14 offences. It was also fined £350 for each of the two Health and Safety offences which made the total fine £4,900.
Mr Raju Reddy, a director of the company, pleaded guilty to the offences and gave his mitigation to West Herts Magistrates’ Court sitting at Watford on Monday, August 4.
As well as being ordered to pay the fine the company was also told to pay council costs of £5,000 and pay a £35 victim surcharge, totalling £9,935.
This comes after the St Albans Pizza Go Go branch received a food hygiene rating of 0 back in August last year.
Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, portfolio holder for the environment at St Albans council, said: “The council carries out regular inspections of food premises to ensure that they comply with food safety and hygiene regulations.
“All restaurants and takeaways are given hygiene scores that can be checked on the Food Standards Agency website at: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/search-a-local-authority-area/en-GB.
“Where restaurants and takeaways are in breach of the regulations we will take action and ultimately take them to court as we have done in this case.”