A Birmingham-based leisure firm was ordered to pay £3,085 after pleading guilty to three offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, at a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (5 February 2015).
Birmingham City Council brought a case against Active Leisure Limited in relation to conditions found at Funaticz Children’s Play and Party Centre, Unit E, Flaxley Parkway, Stechford, where mouse droppings were found throughout the food preparation, storage and service areas of the premises.
Active Leisure Limited – based at Charter House, Legge Street, Birmingham – was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,085 at today’s hearing.
Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham City Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “Officers visiting the Funaticz play centre in December 2013 found accumulations of mouse droppings in the kitchen and a store room, as well as in cupboards where children’s books and plastic crockery used for parties was kept.
“Active Leisure Ltd knew there was an active mice infestation several weeks before officers visited yet nothing had been done to prevent rodents getting into these areas, and also admitted cleaning throughout the premises was not done to a satisfactory standard.
“On average we take emergency action on about 40 food businesses – from around 3,000 inspections -each year, which is a very small proportion of serious problems all of which are dealt with quickly. If consumers wish to report any food hygiene issues they can do this via our website www.birmingham.gov.uk.”
UPDATE (7 May 2015): Environmental health officers formally closed the food business on 12 December 2013. They returned to Funaticz on three separate occasions to reinspect the premises and on 17 December 2013 it was found to be clear of mice and was allowed to reopen. The food business was able to continue trading from that date.