Seafront sweet shop fined for breaching hygiene regulations

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The owner of a fudge and chocolate shop on Scarborough’s seafront has been fined for serious breaches of food hygiene regulations.

Lucy Gillian Kappes, owner of From Love to Fudge, at Foreshore Road, Scarborough, was fined £1,050 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £450 and a £105 victim surcharge after she pleaded guilty to three food hygiene offences at Scarborough Magistrates Court in relation to the cleanliness of the premises, the fittings and equipment, and the potential for food contamination.

The case was brought by Scarborough Borough Council after an environmental health officer carried out a follow-up visit to the business, which prepares and sells chocolate, fudge and other confectionery, to check if issues raised during a previous inspection were being dealt with.

During the inspection on November 5 last year she found standards of cleanliness in the food preparation room were extremely poor.

The court heard how the floor surface in the food preparation room was in a very unclean condition with accumulations of debris, food waste and old packaging, with the walls also dirty.

It was discovered that various equipment including the cooker and food preparation surfaces were heavily contaminated with new and old food particles, including chocolate, food colourings, grease and dirt. The electric fly killer was full of flies.

Steve Pogson, the council’s health and community safety manager, said after the hearing: “Poor levels of cleanliness are not acceptable and we will take action against those who do not comply with this basic hygiene requirement.”