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Action taken against Prescot takeaway for hygiene breaches

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has successfully prosecuted a takeaway in Prescot for failing to maintain required standards of food hygiene.

Uno Pizza Ltd, the operator of the Uno Pizza takeaway on Chapel Street in Prescot, was found guilty of three charges of breaching the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 following a routine inspection of the business by Environmental Health Officers from Knowsley Council in March last year.

The business was required to close immediately following the inspection last year*, after Officers found evidence of:

  • Rat droppings in the kitchen and stock room
  • A dead rat beneath a pizza box in the kitchen
  • Gaps and holes in the building which enabled rodents and pests to gain entry inside
  • A door to the rear yard left open which enabled rats to gain entry
  • Accumulated food waste and debris behind freezers and under cooking equipment
  • Inadequate hand washing facilities.

The business failed to conduct daily checks for pests in the premises and the management failed to heed warnings from Council officers and the company’s own pest control contractor.

Uno Pizza Ltd were fined £11,000 on each of three charges of breaching food hygiene regulations by failing to keep the premises clean, failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests, and failing to provide adequate facilities for staff to wash their hands.

The business was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £2,000 and Knowsley Council’s costs of £942.81, making a total penalty of £35,942.81.

The court found that the business was highly culpable for the offences, having previously received warnings and legal notices for breaching food hygiene regulations.

*The business subsequently reopened and achieved a four star food hygiene rating following its most recent inspection in September 2023.