Coatbridge shop owner fined

Environmental Health inspections led to prosecution

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A licensed grocer shop in Coatbridge has been fined £650 for breaching food safety rules.

Our Environmental Health Team carried out a routine inspection of the premises when a number of issues for improvement were identified relating to the maintenance of the shop.

Despite further inspections and requests for improvements to be made and Improvement Notices being served in 2015 and 2016, the work was not carried out.

As a result, Environmental Health made a report to the Procurator Fiscal and the business owner was charged on a number of counts relating to non-compliance with the Food Safety Act.

At Airdrie Sheriff Court on 31 August the owner pled guilty to three of these counts and was fined £650.

"Our Environmental Health Officers make routine visits to all food businesses in North Lanarkshire to ensure the standards expected by the Food Safety Act are met," said Paul Bannister, Trading Standards Manager.

"They offer advice and support to business owners however, as this case highlights, they will take appropriate enforcement action against owners who do not comply with the legislation to protect public safety."

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