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Flawed Standards and Break Points in Foodservice - 17/10/2006
 
Sedgemoor District Council has successfully prosecuted Brake Brothers Foodservice Ltd following an accident at their Highbridge-based warehouse in Somerset...
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Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) brought a prosecution on the basis of discoveries made during a routine investigation at a Morrisons store in Cumbria...
Sedgemoor District Council has successfully prosecuted Brake Brothers Foodservice Ltd following an accident at their Highbridge-based warehouse in Somerset. The company pleaded guilty at Bridgwater Magistrates Court to “failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of its employees” (Meat Trades Journal, 13 October 2006).

Action was taken following an accident 2 years ago after a warehouse worker was seriously injured when his legs were crushed between the loading bay’s automatic stowing device and his electric picking truck whilst unloading a lorry. The worker suffered 2 broken legs and his injuries were so serious that he had to be taken by air-ambulance from the site to hospital and was unable to work for 7 months.

During their investigation officers from the Public Prosecution Unit at Sedgemoor District Council established that a similar accident had also occurred on the site in 2003 but that the company had failed to take sufficient steps to prevent a recurrence. Remedial work was however undertaken when the Council issued an Improvement Notice on the company to disable the automatic stowing device on the dock leveller.

Magistrates fined the company £14,000 and awarded the Council full costs of £9354.09.

As their name implies Brake’s supplies many catering services with food – restaurants, pubs, and institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals, and prisons. It is important that they, like all businesses in the food chain, demonstrate the full application of HACCP procedures (Hazard Analysis at Critical Control Points) and their significance in the management of hygiene and of nutritional content.

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Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) brought a prosecution on the basis of discoveries made during a routine investigation at a Morrisons store in Cumbria. The company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Food Safety act at the Barrow store during a hearing before Furness magistrates, who imposed a fine of £5000. Items discovered by the TSOs included liver and bacon paté, bacon rashers, pork dripping, and turkey and chicken breast past their sell-by-dates.
 
 
 

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