AN ALDWICK butcher boasts a top rating just after being prosecuted for hygiene offences.
Peter Boarer, of PJ & S Boarer, has improved practices at its premises to ensure it benefits from a five-star hygiene standard.
This is the top level of ‘very good’ a food business can achieve in the national system and was achieved with the help of Arun District Council’s environmental health officers.
It follows a food safety inspection last January in which the officers decided Mr Boarer was failing to follow guidance from the Food Standards Agency to control cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.
Several breaches were found at the Barrack Lane business. They included the use of the same scales for both types of food and a vacuum-packing machine being used for raw meat and cheese.
Mr Boarer pleaded guilty to the offences at Worthing Magistrates’ Court recently.
He was ordered to pay £2,080, including the council’s costs, an £800 fine and £80 victim surcharge.
He said this week he was pleased he could now offer his customers the five-star rating.
Cllr Paul Dendle, who runs Arun’s environmental services, said: “This case shows how important it is that food businesses implements the Food Standard Agency’s cross-contamination guidance.”
The council’s environmental health officers had helped businesses by producing a leaflet about the matter and hosting five free training courses attended by more than 250 people.
“However, where food business operators fail to respond to advice, the council will not hesitate to take tough action to protect consumers from unacceptable risk,” he said.