Fast food operator to face trial by jury over allegations of hygiene regulation breaches

07 November 2012
Fast food operator to face trial by jury over allegations of hygiene regulation breaches

A fast food business operator in Harlow accused of five offences of breaching food hygiene regulations is to face trial by jury at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Mohib Uddin, 32, of 73 Elwood, Harlow, Essex, who is accused in relation to alleged offences at premises known as Mr Chicken at North House, Bush Fair, Harlow, in December last year, opted for a full trial when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Tuesday (6 November 2012).

The justices, were told that the case centres around public health issues and potential cross contamination below the standards of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006. Initially they gave the go ahead for the case to be heard at the magistrates court.

But Uddin, sitting in the dock, then elected to go for a full trial by jury and was remanded until 10 January on unconditional bail for committal proceedings for the case to be sent to the Crown Court.

He is accused that on or around 7 December 2011, as a food business operator for Mr Chicken, he did not "have in place, implemented and maintained around public health issues, permanent procedures based on the regulatory principles."

Further he is said to have "failed to keep the food premises clean and maintained in good repair and condition, and to have kept food likely to support pathogenic micro-organisms/toxins in commercial food operation/premises at above 8C".

He is also said to have "failed to keep high risk ready to eat food which is likely to support the growth of pathogenic micro-organisms at a temperature below 8C and to have failed to keep cooked or reheated food which was held for sale for a period of two hours or more at a temperature of 63C or above."

Finally, he is said to have "failed to provide adequate food hygiene training and supervision to food handlers employed at the food premises."

By Court reporter

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