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Poor food safety standards result in prosecution for Swindon takeaway

schedule 9th August 2011 by Virtual College in Food and Drink

Magistrates have fined a town centre takeaway in Swindon for failing to meet essential food hygiene codes of practice.

Princeton's Grill on Market Street was fined £6,000 by local authorities after inspectors found mould on grated cheese, pizza sauces and other foods including an 'unidentified' substance, reports the Swindon Advertiser.

Gulstan Mahmood of the now defunct takeaway shop was ordered to pay £3,087 in costs, a fine of £2,900 fine and a £15 penalty per victim after pleading guilty to ten charges.

"It was clear to the officers that Mr Mahmood has a poor understanding of his obligations to maintain the appropriate level of food hygiene within the premises," said prosecutor Phil Worth.

This latest prosecution follows a string of offences up and down the country highlighting that while basic health and hygiene certificates are widely available to the general public, lapses can continue.

Sarah Daniels, chartered health practitioner and co-founder of - a health and safety consultancy - claimed that the scheme to measure food hygiene in premises is "fundamentally a great system".

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