Burger bar reacts to fine
Southsea burger bar, 6oz Burgers, has expressed disappointment over the outcome of a court battle, which saw the company fined £125,000.
According to The Portsmouth News, restaurateurs Piotr Minetkiewicz and James Baldry spent around £100,000 on legal fees. In addition, it was claimed that the council spent £25,000 on the case and is now seeking to claim it back.
The court case arose when the establishment didn’t have the correct health and safety documents when it was visited by local authorities in April. Following this, the pair launched a legal challenge against Portsmouth City Council after the business was handed an emergency ban on selling pink-in-the-middle burgers.
In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, the partners said: “We are deeply disappointed with the outcome of the court case and are considering our options in terms of filing an appeal.”
6oz Burgers has not denied that its paperwork was not complete at the time of the investigation, but “argued that our service of pink burgers at our customer’s request was and is entirely safe”. In addition, it claimed that enforcement officers had not carried out any prior investigations to “justify their concerns”. It was highlighted that the council had other options to resolve the situation, which would not have led to the prevention of serving pink burgers.
Food microbiologist Dr Slim Dinsdale investigated the supply chain and procedures conducted by 6oz Burgers and provided information to the court that the burgers were reportedly “of the highest quality and pose no risk to the public”.
The statement ended by adding the restaurant is “very let down and frustrated by the way in which this matter was pursued by the council”.
However, this news comes after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recently re-evaluated its rules regarding rare burgers.
The FSA was asked to take on board considerations regarding a range of controls businesses should be taking when serving rare burgers. Such controls are intended to minimise the risk of contamination of meat intended to be eaten raw or slightly undercooked, as well as providing consumers with on-menu advice.
It voted to support this approach, but with some added requirements, such as businesses pre-notifying their local authority if wanting to serve burgers rare and consumers being well advised where rare burgers were served.
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