A well-known Cumbrian food company has appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court today (Mon) and pleaded guilty to 12-various offences of contravening/failing to comply with EU provision concerning food safety and hygiene under regulations (England) 2013.
The offences are that P.F.D. (Carlisle) Ltd, Pioneer Foods of Rosehill Estate, Carlisle, that between December 21, 2014 and December 1, 2015 in the County of Cumbria failed to comply with the Food and Health Safety and Hygiene England regulations 2013:
- The company placed batches of food on the market that tested for Listeria Monocytogenes and was unsafe and injurious to health and unfit for human consumption.
- Failed to immediately inform the competent authorities.
- Failed to keep cooked meat production area clean and maintained in good repair.
- Failed to ensure food handlers were supervised and trained in food hygiene matters.
- Failed that those responsible received adequate training.
- Failing to protect against contamination and poor drainage resulting in waste water from raw meat areas flowing back into the cooked meat production room.
- Failed to ensure that foodstuffs comply with the relevant microbiological criteria set out within the Act, a number of other hygiene offences were listed on court papers which were included in the companies guilty plea.
The court was told that the company supply hospitals, schools and care homes, within Cumbria and neighbouring Counties, the companies financial turnover last year was £37-million pounds.
Two directors of the company appeared in court David and Graham Jenkins admitted all the offences.
The court was told the companies meat department had been there for over 40-years but has now closed down, it was “sloppy procedures and inadequate procedures that lead this prosecution”.
District Judge Gerald Chalk was told, on one charge the company were fined £275k with no-separate penalties on the other charges, and they have to pay prosecution costs of £28,907 with a victims surcharge of £125, they asked for one month to pay.