Bakery served with £150,000 fine after mashing potato with a tennis racket

20 November 2017 by
Bakery served with £150,000 fine after mashing potato with a tennis racket

A bakery in north London has been fined more than £150,000 for a string of hygiene failings which included mashing potatoes with a tennis racket.

Edmonton-based Doce Bakers & Sweets, which was co-located with Sweet Mahal, was found to have filthy premises that posed a risk to the public.

Enfield Council inspectors discovered an ongoing pest infestation problem, while floors and equipment were dirty and a tennis racket was being used to mash potatoes.

The inspectors visited on 28 January 2016 followed by an unannounced visit on 4 July 2016, when they found cleanliness had declined further.


During sentencing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court Doce Bakers and Sweets and Sweet Mahal were ordered to pay a total of £152,823 in fines for 10 health and safety offences.

Enfield Council's cabinet member for environment, councillor Daniel Anderson, said: "Enfield Council has a duty to protect our residents and we won't hesitate to act wherever and whenever necessary to protect them against any risk to their health.

"We take a dim view of any food outlets whose premises aren't kept in an hygienic state for the manufacture of food. Our residents have the right to expect the food they buy to be safe to eat."

Fishy menu labelling lands restaurant with £7,430 fine >>

Hotel fined £70,000 after three employees are hospitalised >>

National Standard for food hygiene comes into force >>

Videos from The Caterer archives

Are you looking for a new role? See all the current hospitality vacancies available with The Caterer Jobs

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking