Queens Tap prosecuted for food hygiene offences that could have created serious health risks for customers

By Jamie Hill - 1 March 2019

HealthFood & Drink

Swindon Borough Council have successfully prosecuted Nicola King, the food business operator of the Queens Tap pub on Station Road, for food hygiene offences.

A visit by their Environmental Health officers in December 2017 found the premises to be in a poor state of cleanliness and with particularly bad procedures for controlling cross contamination from raw meat.

There was no documented food safety management system and no information on the management of E.coli in the kitchen. There were also missing and cracked floor and wall tiles.

A Swindon Borough Council spokesperson said: "The safety of our residents is always paramount and we tried to work with Ms King to rectify the problems before taking legal action."

Magistrates issued Ms King with a fine of £4,000 and told her to contribute £2,000 towards the costs of the prosecution. She was also told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Safety, said: “It is vitally important that establishments selling food adhere to the proper food safety standards. By failing to do so, Ms King was creating serious health risks for her customers.

“Public safety is one of this Council’s top priorities and we will not hesitate to take action if the proper food safety standards are not met.”

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