Poor hygiene is one of the worst offences a food business can commit and it seems a fish and chip shop in Norfolk has become the latest to be punished.
Bernard Parkin, who runs the Regency Fish and Chip takeaway in Cromer, has pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene safety breaches, reports the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press. He has now been fined £12,000 as a punishment for the various offences, which relate to poor hygiene in his eatery.
Among the issues that concerned inspectors and were later admitted to in court by Mr Parkin were a failure to keep the shop as clean as it should have been, a lack of proper pest control, a lack of staff training in key areas such as hygiene and no investment in cleaning equipment.
Simply splashing out on the latest cleaning products and instructing staff to use them efficiently could have saved the restaurant some of the problems it has since encountered.
Speaking after his court appearance and penalty, Mr Parkin, 68, told the newspaper: "I suppose it was my fault. I should have picked things up but I didn't. I was wrong and I admit it. If I was younger it would not have happened."
He apologised at Norwich Magistrates' Court, where chair of the bench Roger Marston said: "We do believe this is a health risk to the public."
Inspectors at the site also found a can opener, chopping board and potato peeling machine were dirty, while there was grease in drain pipes, a dirty kitchen floor and sink and mould covered the walls of the room in which the potatoes were stored.
In addition, the floor of the fish and chip shop was covered in water, further adding to the environmental health experts' worries.
Such an example may be a reminder to food companies that they will not get away with poor hygiene standards on their premises and a prosecution is a very real possibility for those who offend.