A Birmingham food trader, who pleaded guilty to eight offences under Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (13 February 2015).
Andrew Arthur Allen – who runs Andy Allen Foods, based at Unit 38, Mount Street Business Centre, Nechells – was sentenced to one month imprisonment for each offence to be served concurrently, which was suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay Â£1,838 in costs.
Birmingham City Council brought a case against Mr Allen, 52, after environmental health officers found the premises to be filthy, including evidence of a mice infestation, during a routine inspection on 23 January 2014.
Officers immediately ordered food production to stop after mouse droppings were found in production and storage areas and, as well as the dirty conditions, and a remedial action notice was issued to business owners, Dudley-based Valewood Foods Ltd.
However when officers returned to Andy Allen Foods on 30 January 2014, there was still evidence of rodent activity and cleaning had not been completed properly, so the notice remained in force.
The notice was lifted after a further revisit by officers on 4 February 2014, when they were satisfied all actions had been carried out.
Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city councilâ€™s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: â€œOfficers inspecting Andy Allen Foods found filthy conditions and mouse droppings throughout the premises, as well as dirty equipment and evidence of poor food handling practices by staff.
â€œAll food businesses are included in a regular inspection programme which is designed to ensure they all operate to a good standard, and firms that donâ€™t meet these strict standards will be prosecuted.â€