The owner of a seafront fudge and chocolate shop in Scarborough has been fined £1,050 for serious breaches in food hygiene regulations.
Lucy Gillian Kappes, who owns From Love to Fudge was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £450 and a £105 victim surcharge.
She had pleaded guilty to three food hygiene offences at Scarborough Magistrates Court. Scarborough Borough Council brought the prosecution after a follow-up visit to From Love to Fudge – which prepares and sells chocolate, fudge and other confectionery.
Kappes’ shop was visited by a hygiene officer from Scarborough Borough Council who told her to clean the kitchen or face prosecution.
However, when they returned they discovered that the problem had not been rectified and the decision was taken to prosecute.
The court heard how the floor surface in the food preparation room was dirty with accumulations of debris, food waste and old packaging.
The walls in the back room of the shop, which sells fudge, chocolates and sweets, were also dirty with dried-on food and grease.
Scarborough Borough Council Health and Community Safety Manager, Steve Pogson, said: ‘This was a clear breach of the food hygiene legislation which is in place to protect the public.
‘Food businesses are responsible for ensuring their premises are kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition to ensure they produce food in a safe and hygienic manner and in a clean environment.
‘Poor levels of cleanliness are not acceptable and we will take action against those who do not comply with this basic hygiene requirement.’
Kappes was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £450 and a victim surcharge.
Although the shop was closed today, a spokesman for Scarborough Borough Council said that it is still open for trading.
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