The owner of a seafront confectionary shop in Scarborough has been fined £1,050 for seriously breaching food hygiene regulations.
Lucy Gillian Kappes, who runs From Love to Fudge in Foreshore Road, pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the cleanliness of the premises, fittings and equipment and the potential for food contamination.
Scarborough Council brought the prosecution after environmental health officer Sarah Brown found the shop in an “appalling state” during a follow-up hygiene inspection. Ms Brown told magistrates she had returned to the premises on November 5 to check if cleaning and structural issues from a previous inspection had been resolved. But during the visit, she discovered the standard of cleanliness in the food preparation room was “extremely poor and completely unacceptable”.
The court heard how the floor and walls were in a filthy condition, with accumulations of dirt, dried-on food debris, grease, food waste and old packaging. Equipment, including the cooker, fridge and pans, were heavily contaminated with new and old food particles and grease and dirt. Food preparation surfaces, storage facilities and packaging were also found to be contaminated and the electric fly killer was full of flies and dirty. A batch of unwrapped fudge was also found balancing on top of packaging and dirty step ladders were in direct contact with the food.