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Council secures new conviction for food hygiene breaches at McCarthy’s

Posted by Communications on 8 December 2021 | Comments

A company selling baked goods at various Suffolk markets, has been ordered to pay almost £4k for food hygiene offences.

McCarthy’s Country Store Ltd, was sentenced for two food hygiene offences by Ipswich Magistrates Court last month (24 November).

They must now pay a total of £3,860 including fines totalling £2,800, costs of £870 to the council and a victim surcharge of £190, for the offences, which date back to a routine food inspection on 23 July 2020.

On inspection Mid Suffolk District Council found a lack of an effective food safety management system, food at risk of contamination and temperature control issues.

Following representations made by Mid Suffolk District Council’s prosecutor David Smithet at court, McCarthy’s Country Store Ltd was found guilty of two charges:

  • Failure to protect food from contamination contrary to Article 4 of EC Regulation 852/2004 (£1,400)
  • Failure to implement a food safety management system contrary to Article 5 of EC Regulation 852/2004 (£1,400)

Cllr Jessica Fleming, cabinet member for environment at Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

“Our officers work hard to keep the public safe when purchasing food or eating out – so this is yet another great result.

“We always take a graduated enforcement approach, share intelligence and work in partnership with other authorities across the country, including Stowmarket Town Council in this case, and support our food businesses with advice and guidance, with prosecution being the last resort.

“This conviction shows the importance of food hygiene and sends a clear message that repeated breaches will not be tolerated. This vital work ensures our communities are protected and can make informed decisions when choosing to purchase food or eat out in our district.”​

The prosecution follows an earlier hearing with the company on 15 September 2021 where they plead not guilty to all offences.  

The company has previously been successfully prosecuted by both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, most recently in March this year where they were ordered to pay nearly £10k for food hygiene offences.