Wedding Venue Fined £40,000 for Breaching a Number of Food Hygiene and Safety Laws
Overview of incident
A wedding guest tipped-off environmental health officers following a reception at Davenport Green Hall following a wedding reception at the venue.
Environmental officers arrived unannounced and discovered multiple food safety and health and safety failings.
Details of fine
Davenport Green Hall Ltd were fined £39,500 and ordered to pay £21,500 in costs after pleading guilty to ten food hygiene and two health and safety offences which included tented areas at the hall being in a very poor structural condition, routine cleaning being inadequate, staff not trained properly, there were no hand washing facilities and there was no hot and cold water to the sinks. Drains were also blocked and that food waste and other refuse was not being thrown away within adequate time.
Health and safety failings found at the time resulted in prohibition notices being served for gas safety, electrical safety and a slippery kitchen floor.
The firm’s boss Mohammed Isaq has now been banned from running any food business until further notice.
Davenport Green Hall Ltd
Trafford Magistrates’ Court
Hale Barns, Altrincham, England
A wedding is one of the most important days in people’s lives and couples will often spend a large amount of money to ensure that they have the perfect day.
When people eat out they will expect, as a minimum, that their food is prepared in hygienic, well-managed kitchens. The fact that these poor standards of hygiene and safety were found at a wedding venue is particularly shocking.
We expect all food businesses to take food hygiene and health and safety very seriously, to do everything they can to protect their customers from food poisoning and to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors.
We will work with businesses to help them improve and maintain standards, but we will not hesitate in taking formal action against those who put the public or their employees at risk. – Councillor John Reilly, Trafford council’s executive member for environment and operations