Lytham bar Capri to pay almost £20,000 over gas leak threat and dirty kitchen

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CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lytham, pleaded guilty to 11 breaches of EU Hygiene Regulations including dirty kitchen appliances, packaging cooked and raw meat on the same machine, and potential gas leaks

 

Capri in Lytham
Capri in Lytham (Image: Google)

A Lytham bar has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 after admitting to a raft of hygiene regulations including a potential gas leak.

CCM Bar Company, which trades as Capri in Lythaminitially pleaded not guilty to a total of 11 charges concerning non-compliance with EU Hygiene Regulations.

Preparations were under way to take the matter to trial only for Capri to U-turn and change its plea to guilty for all charges.

The charges were filed against Capri after an environmental health visit from Fylde Borough Council on April 24, 2019.

At the Dicconson Terrace venue, officers found general dirt and debris in a chest freezer in the dry store area, as well as an accumulation of brown debris, dust and black dirt.

They also said Capri was vacuum packing cooked and raw foods on the same machine despite the machine having a label explicitly saying it was for ‘raw meat only’.

A white food mixer in the kitchen was also encrusted with food debris, spillages and splashes, brown grease and black dirt.

When the staff toilet was checked it was blocked, dirty and out of service.

Back in the kitchen, food had been decanted into plastic containers but without the original labelling transferred over. Individual frozen portions of fish were also no labelled in the freezer.

In the cellar, CO2 cylinders – some empty and some full – were stood up and not secured. The prosecution said that if any connected cylinder were to fall over and become disconnected, it could cause a leak and a build-up of gas in the cellar.

Capri was fined £13,500 at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on September 28. This included a 25% reduction for the guilty plea.

It was also ordered to pay costs of £5,854 and a victim surcharge of £5,854.