A butchers shop in Bromborough has been hit by two emergency prohibition notices after Environmental Health officers found serious food safety concerns.
Practices at Gibson s Butchers in Allport Lane, Bromborough presented an imminent risk of injury to health Wirral Magistrates Court stated on Wednesday as they upheld prohibition notices served by Wirral Council Environmental Health officers after an inspection on 12th January. The premises had initially been inspected by officers on 5th January and notices issued then had not been complied with by the time of the second inspection a week later. Practices at the premises were said to be poor in relation to cross contamination and vacuum packing, which posed an imminent risk to health. At a hearing on Wednesday 20th January 2016 the court agreed with the findings of the officers and issued two Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Orders as they were satisfied that an imminent risk of injury to health still existed at the premises. The court also awarded full costs of 1,189.27 to Wirral Council.
Investigations into the matter are continuing and officers are working closely with the business to ensure that standards are improved and the health of the public is protected. Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environmental Protection, said: Whilst the main role of our officers is to provide guidance and advice to support food businesses in Wirral, there are times such as this when enforcement action is necessary in order to protect the health of the public. I commend the decisive actions of environmental health staff in this case in highlighting potential dangerous practices before any member of the public was seriously affected.