Dirty Chichester butcher banned from food business following hygiene tests

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A BUTCHER has been banned from managing any food business after inspections showed his dirty shop was a health risk.

James Congdon, owner of James and Son, in Stockbridge Place, Chichester, pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court to four food and hygiene offences.

The court heard Chichester District Council Environmental Health officers visited the shop 29 times in three years.

They found dirty scales were used to weigh both raw and cooked meat without being cleaned.

Swabs taken from the premises showed unsatisfactory levels of bacteria, and glass cleaner had been used to clean surfaces rather than anti-bacterial sanitiser.

Food was sold past its sell-by date and samples of chicken liver pate revealed they had been on sale for ten days, well beyond the recommended three-day shelf life.

Packaging materials were kept in a toilet and Congdon did not wear protective clothing while serving customers.

He also falsified records he was told to put in place so inspectors could monitor his cleaning.

An emergency order, put in place in November 2009 to stop him preparing and handling open and unwrapped ready to eat foods, was flouted.

Last week Congdon was banned from managing a food business. However he can apply for a review after six months.

He was also handed a £2,000 fine and ordered to pay costs of £8,000.