Hygiene fine for West Pier trader

Aerial shot of Scarborough harbour with the West Pier in the foreground. Picture by John Anderson
Aerial shot of Scarborough harbour with the West Pier in the foreground. Picture by John Anderson
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SCARBOROUGH firm Alliance Fish and Ocean Pantry has been prosecuted by Scarborough Council after they were found to be in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Alliance Fish Marketing Ltd, the owners of Alliance Fish and Ocean Pantry on West Pier, have been fined a total of £2,415 after pleading guilty to food hygiene offences at Scarborough Magistrates Court.

An environmental health officer visited the premises in March to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection during which time staff admitted to boiling crabs in a next-door storage area. The room being used was inappropriate as a food preparation area, having concrete floors, bare brick walls and ceilings which were not capable of being adequately cleaned.

The room was also being used as a general storage area for items such as a bicycle, building sand and cement.

The inspection also revealed an uncovered large container of ice which was used for packing fish and used in the fish display counter as well as open boxes of iced fish which were being stored outside on the West Pier and open to contamination from bird droppings.

Steve Pogson, the council’s health and community safety manager, said: “Despite previous warnings, Alliance Fish Marketing Ltd continued to boil crabs in an area which was completely unsuitable for this purpose.

“The production of boiled crabs is a high risk activity in terms of food safety and if done incorrectly and without adequate controls in place can lead to unsafe food being placed on the market.

“Other businesses have had to invest a significant amount of money and time ensuring that they comply with the law and therefore produce food safely.”