UK: Garden centre fined £28,000 for serious food and safety offences
Posted: February 28th, 2012 - 8:11pm
Source: This Is Plymouth
A Saltash garden centre has been landed with a £28,000 bill after Cornwall Council's health inspectors found a number of food and safety offences.
At Bodmin Magistrates earlier this week Tamar View Nurseries Ltd, in Carkeel, Saltash, pleaded guilty to eight serious food and health and safety offences and was fined £21,000. They were also ordered to pay £7,038 towards Cornwall Council's legal costs. The offences were discovered by the council's Public Health and Protection officers during routine inspections of the site.
The council spokesman said the owner was questioned about health and safety offences in relation to LPG gas storage, working at height and food safety matters which included issues of cleanliness in the kitchen and cross-contamination of stored foods.
The spokesman said the company's food safety management system was also found not to be being operated correctly. The court heard the company had put the safety of both public and its own staff at risk due to breaches of health and safety and food safety law.