Coalville butcher closed following hygiene violations

A butcher’s shop in Coalville, north-west Leicestershire, has been ordered to close after Environmental Health Officers found “unacceptable hygiene practices”. 

Summerfield Butchers in Coalville Market was closed on Friday, 31 March after a hygiene inspection the previous day. A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order was confirmed by Leicester Magistrates court yesterday, 3 April 2017, where a Food Condemnation Order on food that was seized from the premises was also issued. This food will now be destroyed.

The orders were not contested by Gerald Spadaccini, who owns the business. Offences found included: cross-contamination when preparing cooked and uncooked food; unsafe food preparation practices, including failing to check meat was adequately cooked, and the incorrect use of equipment; evidence of vermin, including rat droppings and the remains of a rat caught in a trap; and contaminated hand-washing facilities.

The butcher’s shop will remain closed until officers are satisfied that it no longer poses any health risks. Spadaccini has been ordered to pay the council’s legal and investigative costs of £2,341.

“The inspection revealed a number of food preparation and cleanliness practices to be at a very low standard, so the team opted to close the business for the protection of the public,” said Lee Mansfield, environmental health manager at North West Leicestershire District Council.

Mansfield added that the environmental office had been working with Spadaccini since last year to ensure the butchery shop was up to standards. “We are disappointed that we have had to take this action, as we have been working with the business to improve its practices, including assisting with a deep clean of the premises in autumn last year.

“While we always support food businesses in our district to improve their hygiene practices and only use closure as a last resort where there is an imminent risk to public health, our absolute main concern in cases like this is to protect the public.”

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