Another food business which has failed to maintain high standards.

This article is from ‘This Is Gloucestershire’ newspaper and was published on Saturday 7th April 2012.

SHOCKING grease and dirt caked on kitchen surfaces at a Forest of Dean hotel which faces a potential £115,000 fine.

The Wyndham Arms, in Clearwell, and its owner Nigel Stanley will find out later this year how much they must pay after pleading guilty to a string of charges.

Mr Stanley faces an individual fine of up to £35,000 after admitting seven counts of failing to comply with food hygiene improvement notices. The hotel as a business faces a separate maximum fine of £80,000 for 16 failures.

Environmental health officers at Forest of Dean District Council have led the prosecution.

Rhys Thomas, from the team, said: “The tiled floor was dirty and the floor tile grouting was filthy across the kitchen.

“The presence of grease, dirt and accumulations of food were consistent with a systematic failure to adequately clean the premises over a sustained period of time.

“The ventilation extract fan was dirty. Grease was running out of the fan unit, down the walls causing the paint to flake off.

“Grease was pooling on the floor behind and below the fryer units and microwave stand.”

He added: “Rather than dwell on the past, our focus now is to ensure that lessons are learned.

“To that end, we will continue to offer our advice and support, as we do with all food businesses in the district; our aim is to ensure that food is prepared safely.

“We don’t like prosecutions, they are very much a last resort; but as we have shown, we will not flinch from taking such action when necessary.”

The charges, covering a period between September last year and January this year, include failing to keep parts of the kitchen and food preparation tools in an appropriate hygienic state.

Guilty pleas were entered in front of Gloucester magistrates in March. The fines will be set at a hearing later this year, after the courts have seen statements of Mr Stanley’s and the hotel’s financial circumstances.

Mr Stanley told The Citizen he was away during much of the time in question but that rigorous new measures have been put in place.

“I can only say that the cleaning was dealt with and the kitchen continued in operation throughout,” he said. “The issue was several months ago now and we have appointed an outside company to complete regular independent audits.”
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