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Dirty dough costs bakery owners a packet

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08 February 2017

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The owners of a bakery found with a string of hygiene failings have been ordered to pay out a total of £3,509 after they were prosecuted by Enfield Council.

• Family bakery prosecuted by Enfield Council after a string of hygiene failings
• Directors and owners fined by magistrates
• Action part of a wider clampdown by Enfield Council

The owners of a bakery found with a string of hygiene failings have been ordered to pay out a total of £3,509 after they were prosecuted by Enfield Council.

Enfield Council inspectors found untrained food handlers, flies, poor food management systems and poor cleanliness throughout BG Naslada in Main Avenue, Enfield, in December 2015 and ordered the establishment - a family run bakery selling baked products including sandwiches - to clean up its act.

However, a second visit in May 2016 found further failings including dough being cut with a dirty and rusty DIY blade that was designed to snap off, raw meat stored above tomatoes in the chiller, chilled foods such as cheese being stored at room temperatures, cleaning chemicals stored next to the food preparation area and a fly killer positioned above bread stored ready for delivery.

The Council prosecuted owner, Biser Mladenov Bozou, 41, of Vicarage Wood, Harlow, and directors Milka Mladenova Bozova, 46, of Main Avenue, Enfield, and Ventsislav Kirilov Bukov, 40, of Main Avenue, Enfield, and the three pleaded guilty to seven breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at Tottenham Magistrates Court on February 2.

Bozova was fined £580, ordered to pay a £29 victim surcharge and £500 costs, Bozou and Bukov were each fined £670, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £500 costs.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We are clamping down on food outlets, which cannot or will not keep their premises clean, thereby endangering the health of anyone buying their products.

“Our residents have the right to expect the food they buy to be safe to eat. It is completely unacceptable to keep a food business in a ruinous state of grime and dirt.

"It shows a cavalier disregard for people’s safety and wellbeing and a fundamental lack of understanding of the importance of food safety and hygiene.

“I would strongly recommend residents check how clean their favourite food outlet is through the Food Standards Agency website and avoid those establishments with poor quality hygiene.”

Residents can visit the Food Standards Agency website to find out how hygienic their local food outlets are.