Swansea shop fined over food hygiene offences

A convenience store in Swansea has been fined £5,000 over a series of food hygiene breaches, which included neglecting food safety training for staff and failing to keep the premises clean.

The Premier Store in Fforestfach, which is managed by a firm known as Actseen, was found guilty of seven food safety breaches of the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006. Officers from Swansea Council’s environmental health team visiting the shop in May 2012 on a routine inspection found a host of worrying hygiene issues, including the following:

• Insufficient food safety training for staff
• Rusty and dirty fridges
• A build-up of grease, debris and food spillages on walls and floors
• A failure to put a proper food safety management system in place

For these failings, and for repeatedly ignoring warnings and requests to improve standards made by the council, Actseen was fined £5,000.

Commenting on the case, the council’s head of public protection Martin Saville said:

“Our teams of officers work tirelessly to promote the importance of food businesses complying with food hygiene and associated legislation.
“If businesses choose to ignore our advice and do not take appropriate steps to protect the safety of their customers, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts, as we have done in this particular case.”