Care home fined £100,000

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A care home has been fined for a number of food hygiene offences in a successful prosecution by environmental health officers at Wigan Council.

Acorns Care Centre Ltd of Parkside, Hindley, pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences at Wigan Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12th June.

The offences included failure to ensure food was protected against contamination, failure to ensure adequate procedures were in place to control pests and failure to ensure food handlers were supervised, instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters.

The food business operator at the time of the offences in May 2017 and October 2017 was Acorns Care Centre Ltd.

The operator was fined in total £104,000 for the five offences and ordered to pay costs of £1,900.

The court heard that an inspection of the premises by council officers revealed that there was an active infestation of mice in the care home.

The business closed voluntarily due to the significant risk of contamination of food.

Cllr Carl Sweeney, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said “The fine imposed by the Magistrates in this matter demonstrates the seriousness of the offences.

“Despite the ongoing investigation in relation to the offences in 2017, it is disappointing that the recent inspection on 20 April 2018 only resulted in a rating of 1 (major improvement necessary) under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

“We will always work with businesses to support them in complying with legal requirements.

“However, where businesses are in need of major improvement and have committed serious offences we will prosecute for the safety of our residents.”