Kettering Borough Council prosecutes local restaurant

Published: Tuesday, 30th August 2016

Company fined £12,000 and ordered costs of £900 to be paid together with a victim surcharge of £120.

At Northampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 August 2016 Kettering Borough Council successfully prosecuted Anema & Core Limited trading as Heart and Soul restaurant, 26-28 Rockingham Road, Kettering.

The offences relate to issues found initially at an inspection on 25th August 2015. The premises had opened without registering with the Local Authority and when this inspection was carried out, having identified that the premises was trading, a number of food safety issues were found which, despite informal and formal action, were not rectified. Large amounts of cheeses and cooked/cured meats from the premises had already been condemned at Kettering Magistrates Court on 17 November 2015 and destroyed because of a lack of traceability and no documented Food Safety Management System to show safe procedures for processing this food were in place.

Russ Howell, Health Services Manager for Kettering Borough Council said:
“This business commenced operating in Kettering without notifying the Local Authority and therefore avoided having any inspection before they started to supply food to the public. As well as this, when Environmental Health Officers did get to inspect the premises, they also found that the business was supplying other businesses with no controls in place in relation to this operation. 

Despite both informal and formal action there continued to be a failure to comply with food safety legislation leaving the Authority with no option but to take legal action. The Court has fined the Company a significant amount which will hopefully serve as a message to other food businesses that the safe preparation of food for the public is taken extremely seriously by the courts and this Authority.

While we will continue to support and advise those businesses who wish to comply with the law, we will use all of the powers available to us where businesses persistently fail to do so.”