Popular café prosecuted over
food safety concerns
A café at a popular Wirral park is
making improvements after being prosecuted for falling foul of food hygiene
Representatives of Shanterz, the visitor café, at Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm,
pleaded guilty to four food safety offences relating to cleaning, protecting
food from contamination, pest control and training of food handlers at a hearing
at Wirral Magistrates Court last week.
The offences had been highlighted in November 2015, when Environmental Health
Officers carried out a routine inspection of the café and found standards of
food hygiene were unsatisfactory and required enforcement action.
At court the business was fined ₤1,500 for each offence and ordered
to pay costs of ₤3,526.42, together with a victim surcharge of ₤150.
Colin Clayton, Wirral Council's Senior Manager in Environmental Services, said:-
"Our aim is to support local businesses wherever possible. However, when
necessary, we will take legal action in order to protect consumers from the
risks associated with food poisoning. The Council wants to ensure that our
businesses are healthier, safer and fairer for consumers and the business
community alike. I am pleased to note that the most recent visit by
Environmental Health Officers confirmed that hygiene standards at Shanterz have
improved and that officers' advice was being implemented. We look forward to
working with this business in future to help ensure that they are successful and
that consumers' health is protected."