Darlington town centre takeaway fined for food hygiene offences

The owners of Star Pizza, a takeaway in Darlington town centre, have been fined more than £2,000 after admitting four food hygiene offences.

Officers from Darlington Borough Council’s environmental health team carried out a routine inspection of the Victoria Road takeaway on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

The inspectors found:

• the premises and equipment were dirty
• food was at risk of contamination because raw food was being stored in the same containers as ready to eat items
• delivery staff were not suitably dressed to be in the kitchen.

The inspectors revisited the takeaway two days later and found no marked improvement, although the premises were cleaner during a further visit at the end of May 2018.

During a hearing at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018, the owners of Star Pizza admitted four breaches of food hygiene regulations and were imposed a £2,000 fine with £562 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Star Pizza Food Hygiene Offences

Councillor Chris McEwan, deputy leader of Darlington Borough Council and whose cabinet portfolio includes environmental health, attended the inspection of Star Pizza on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 as an observer.

He said: “Although the vast majority of catering premises in Darlington comply with food hygiene regulations, the owner of this business had failed to maintain standards.

“This case sends a message to food business owners in Darlington that there will be consequences if they choose to cut corners when it comes to the important issue of hygiene.

“It’s another great example of the council working hard to keep the public safe, and I would like to thank our food enforcement officers for their efforts.”

You can find out more about the hygiene ratings of businesses in the town on the Darlington Borough Council website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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