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Butcher fined over hygiene breach

Rikki Lloyd's shop in Welshpool, Powys
Rikki Lloyd's shop in Welshpool, Powys

Magistrates have fined a butcher in Powys nearly £10,000 for breaching hygiene laws.

Rikki Lloyd, 35, who has a shop in Welshpool, was fined £3,600 for having unclean premises, £3,600 for unclean equipment and £2,000 for failing to follow food safety regulations.

Lloyd admitted all the charges at a hearing at Welshpool Magistrates' Court on Friday.

His solicitor said Lloyd had since made "significant improvements".

Nigel Vaughan, prosecuting for Powys Council, told the court how a routine food hygiene inspection on 11 May led to court proceedings.

Mr Vaughan said environmental health officers found evidence Lloyd's butcher's shop was not clean enough to sell and store food, and that Lloyd had failed to ensure all fittings and equipment were kept clean and disinfected.

Highly regarded

Lloyd had put in place and implemented a hazard analysis and critical control point system (HACCP) , which is an internationally recognised way of managing food safety and protecting consumers, but it was not being maintained.

Huw Williams, defending, said Lloyd was highly regarded in the area, and was held in high-esteem by everyone who knew him.

Since the environmental health inspection Lloyd had made significant improvements including spending nearly £10,000 on new equipment, the court heard.

Magistrates fined him £3,600 for having unclean premises, £3,600 for having unclean equipment and a further £2,000 for not complying with HACCP rules.

Lloyd must also pay £1,500 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

After the court hearing, Councillor Graham Brown, who is responsible for public protection at Powys council said: "All premises that handle raw meat and ready to eat foods must maintain strict hygiene standards to ensure there is no risk of contamination which could lead to food poisoning.

"In this instance the required standards were not maintained and the consequences have been made clear by the courts decision."

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