KFC Blackwood fined £2,600 for hygiene offences
Fast food chain KFC has been fined £2,600 over food hygiene offences at its Blackwood restaurant.
KFC (GB) Ltd was prosecuted by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environmental Health Officers following a premises inspection in September 2011 after customer complaints.
The investigation uncovered several examples of breaches of Food Safety legislation.
The case was heard at Abergavenny Magistrates Court on December 17, 2012.
KFC (GB) Ltd pleaded guilty to two offences and was ordered to pay a fine totalling £2,600 (£1,300 for each offence), together with prosecution costs of £859 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Both offences were contrary to the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006 and related to “failing to maintain the food business in a clean, well maintained condition”, and “failing to manage the refuse store in a way that enabled it to be kept clean”.
Cllr David Poole, cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “Our team of officers work tirelessly to promote the importance of food businesses complying with food hygiene and associated legislation, but if businesses choose to ignore our advice and do not take appropriate steps to protect the safety of their customers, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts, as we have done in this particular case.”
A spokesperson for KFC said: “These charges date back to September 2011. As soon as we were made aware of the results of the inspection at that time, we took immediate action to bring the restaurant back up to our strict hygiene standards. The restaurant was put under new management a matter of weeks after the inspection and has performed well on recent EHO visits.”
Photos courtesy of Caerphilly County Borough Council
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