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Poor hygiene 'can strike in convenience stores'

Category : Market Place News

07 January 2013

It is not only restaurants that need to be careful when it comes to hygiene in food-affected surroundings, as a case in south Wales has proved.

A convenience store in Swansea has become the latest business to be punished for a poor record when it comes to cleanliness, reports the South Wales Evening Post. It noted that Actseen, the company that manages Premier Store in Carmarthen Road, has been hit with a £5,000 fine.

This comes after inspectors from Swansea Council's environmental health team visited the store and found a number of issues. Owners of the convenience store also neglected to act upon several previous warnings dished out by the local authority, which had flagged up its hygiene record as a cause for concern.

Martin Saville, council head of public protection, said: "Our teams of officers work tirelessly to promote the importance of food businesses complying with food hygiene and associated legislation.

"If businesses choose to ignore our advice and do not take appropriate steps to protect the safety of their customers, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts, as we have done in this particular case."

Inspectors first visited the Premier Store in May last year as part of a routine round of examinations and discovered a number of issues. For example, food spillages had built up and grease and rubbish was lying on the floor.

A lack of training was also reported to be a problem experienced by the business, with staff not taught how to handle food safely. One way for the store to rid itself of its problems may be to invest in new cleaning products and educate staff on how to use them.

Officers from the council made repeat visits to the shop between May and July 2012 and found several of their warnings had been ignored. This led to formal action being taken, which may be an example to stores all over the country that they must adhere to the relevant hygiene regulations.

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