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Court bans butcher after string of hygiene offences

A butcher has been banned from managing any food business after committing a number of food hygiene offences.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Environmental Health Officers shut down Summerfield Butchers at Coalville Market in March after finding a host of serious issues including cross contamination and evidence of rats.Summerfield Butchers 1

On Wednesday 8 November, the owner Gerald Spadaccini, of Leicester Road in Mountsorrel, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to five different offences.

The court made a Hygiene Prohibition Order meaning that Mr Spadaccini is prohibited from participating in the management of any food business until further order of the court. In addition Mr Spadaccini received a £162 fine, was ordered to pay the victim surcharge of £30, and a proportion of the councils investigative costs.

Specific issues found by officers during the inspection in March, included:

  • Cross contamination when preparing cooked and uncooked food
  • Unsafe food preparation practices, including failing to check that meats were adequately cooked, and incorrect use of equipment
  • Evidence of vermin, including rat droppings and the remains of a rat caught in a trap
  • Contaminated hand washing facilities.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “The enforced closure and court action was very much a last resort for the council, but absolutely necessary in this case to protect the public.

“The offences committed were very serious and followed a prolonged period of support from the council to try and help lift food hygiene standards at the butchers.

“Coalville Market now has a new butcher who is proving very popular with shoppers, alongside the many other excellent traders.

“The market is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and you can support our fantastic traders by visiting the variety of stalls based there.”

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