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Woolpit man gets three-year food business ban for hygiene offences

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court
Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

A mobile food takeaway operator that repeatedly failed to meet food safety levels has been banned from managing a food business for three years.

Flames Kebabs operator Mehmet Cokgezici, of Wrights Way, Woolpit, had pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene offences.

At Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (May 5) he was fined a total of £300 for three charges of failing to comply with a Food Hygiene Improvement Notice and a total of £1,000 for five further food hygiene breaches.

The court heard that in July 2015 three notices were served on the food operator for a lack of suitable hand washing facilities, lack of a food safety management system and lack of training.

They were not complied with and expired in August.

A further inspection in December also found dirty equipment that came into direct contact with food, no protective clothing being used and food being exposed to risk of contamination.

Despite the efforts of food and safety officers who advised how the business could be improved, poor food hygiene standards remained.

Sara Proctor, senior food and safety officer for Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils said it was always disappointing to see a food business end up in court and the councils tried to prevent it from happening.

She said: “In this case, however, we found continued non-compliance with food safety requirements over many months.

“Therefore we felt it necessary, once Mr Cokgezici was convicted, to ask the magistrates to consider a Prohibition Order which would prevent him from Managing a food business.

“This was not a decision taken lightly, but one we felt necessary to protect the public and thankfully the Magistrates agreed.”

Cokgezici was also ordered to pay £800 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.


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