St helens Bistro Owner Fined for Further Hygiene Breaches

A St Helens restaurant owner pleaded guilty to 26 food safety offences.

Jeffrey Wood, of Duke’s Bistro, Duke Street, St Helens, admitted he had not kept his kitchen clean, used foods unfit for public consumption and stored foods where they could be contaminated.

Food hygiene inspections by St Helens council’s environmental health officers revealed Wood, also of Duke Street, stocked foods past their use by date and did not have any food safety management systems in place.

Wood was told to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £250 costs – at a rate of £3 per week – at St Helens magistrates court this week.

Environmental Health officers said they gave Wood advice and guidance on how to improve standards. But they were so concerned they felt they had no choice other than to prosecute.
Wood was also given a prohibition order banning him from managing a food business again.
It is the second time the business has been prosecuted by the council for food hygiene offences.

The restaurant was closed in March.

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