In light of recent prosecutions in the area, we are reminding all businesses serving food that they risk robust enforcement action and even prosecution if they continually fail to meet and comply with food hygiene standards.

The advice follows a recent case at Peterborough Magistrates Court, where takeaway owner Mr Sultan Najafi of The Spice House, Landsdowne Road, Yaxley, was fined £1,107 plus costs for food hygiene offences carried out whilst continuing to operate a food business following disconnection of the electricity supply.

We regulate food safety by pro-actively working with businesses to assess the standard of operation and awarding a rating from 0 to 5 using the Food Standard Agency’s guidance.

Cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods is one of the most common causes of food poisoning and businesses must make sure they have procedures in place to control this risk.

Cllr Marge Beuttell, Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulation, said: "We always look to support businesses, but when repeat offences occur or public safety is at risk because premises fail to comply with legislation we will not hesitate to take legal action to ensure the safety of residents."

As well as inspecting local food premises, we also provide the Foundation Level 2 in Food Safety course, suitable for anyone working in catering, manufacturing or retail setting where food is prepared, cooked or handled. The next course is on Tuesday 21 May 2019. For further information visit the Food Hygiene Training page.