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Bakers Hatt shut down for major food hygiene breach

09 September 2015

A Cornish pasty maker in Saltash has been banned from manufacturing any further food products after the owner of the business, Kim Gasson, failed to act on improvement notices issued last year. 

Bodmin Magistrates court has made a Hygiene Prohibition banning the use of the premises or equipment at Bakers Hatt to produce food with immediate effect. 

Previous inpsections carried out by Cornwall Council's food safety team revealed a series of hygiene failings and major breaches, resulting in six food hygiene improvement notices being served in September 2014. But no improvements in standards had taken place, nor had notices been complied with after further visits. The notices included a lack of documentation for a food safety management system and staff not being adequately trained in safe food handling practices. 

Other offences included a large hole in the roof and ceiling, floor surfaces in the shop and main preparation rooms were poor and there was inadequate pest control. 

"It is disappointing that despite all the time spent by council officers advising Ms Gasson of the improvements required to comply, the business failed to achieve a food hygiene rating score of no more than one," prosecuting solicitor Kingsley Keat told the magistrates.

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