Quasar cafe fined for filthy kitchen

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Unmaintained equipment and poor cooking and storage procedures have cost the former management of Enfield Quasar a total of £4,000 in fines.

The business was found guilty of running unhygienic premises and instructed to pay council costs of £2,025.23 plus a victim surcharge of £120. The case was heard at Tottenham Magistrates Court on the 20 August 2015.

In response to a complaint from a member of the public, inspectors visiting Enfield Quasar in Queensway, Enfield, on 28 June 2014 found the kitchen area and equipment to be dirty, and that food wasn’t being cooked or stored properly.

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Environmental health officers immediately demanded a deep clean of the kitchen and issued formal hygiene improvement notices, one for lack of a food safety management system, one for training in food safety management systems, and one for food hygiene training.

On a return visit on the 30 June inspectors saw the kitchen being cleaned, and during a follow up visit on the 25 September 2014 officers were informed that three members of staff had been booked on a level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course.

Since the prosecution, the management of the venue has changed, and the premises are now fully compliant.

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “It is completely unacceptable for places which sell food to endanger the health of customers by failing to take proper precautions and operating filthy and unhygienic premises.

“Enfield Council does not tolerate businesses who cannot or will not comply with the law, we take a dim view of premises which fail to adhere to safe cooking practices or who do not keep their kitchens clean, and we will continue to close down dirty or unhygienic food premises that endanger the health of our residents.

“I am delighted to hear that, under new management, Enfield Quasar has now passed all its health inspections.”

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