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Dijla Ltd prosecuted and fined following council investigation

Posted on : 13 Dec 2019

Dijla Ltd prosecuted and fined following council investigation
Dijla Limited trading as Dominos on Piccadilly Square, Caerphilly has been prosecuted by one of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environmental Health Officers following a complaint received from a member of the public.
Back in August 2018 CCBC received a complaint from a member of the public who had purchased a pizza from Dominos and on consuming the pizza found a foreign object. On examination the foreign object appeared to be a piece of metal. An investigation was carried out at the store and several damaged pizza screens were found on site. The officer noted that the damaged pizza screens resembled similar characteristics to the piece of metal that was found in the pizza.
The damaged pizza screens and the foreign object were sent for analysis and the public analyst confirmed that the source of contamination arose from a damaged pizza screen. The investigation identified shortfalls in the company’s procedures and instances where the procedures were not followed by relevant staff thus leading to the contamination.
The case was heard at Newport Magistrates Court on 2nd December 2019. Dijla Limited pleaded guilty to two offences, firstly placing food on the market that was unsafe contrary to Article 14(1) Regulation 178/2002 and Regulation 4(b) of the General Food Regulations 2004. The second offence was for the failure to maintain equipment in a good order contrary to Regulation 852/2004 Chapter V, Paragraph 1 (b).
The franchisee was ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 together with prosecution costs of £5,099 a surcharge of £170 and £1000 compensation to the complainant.
Caerphilly council have been working with the company and acknowledges that they have since revised and simplified procedures in order to prevent a recurrence.
Cllr Eluned Stenner, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said, “This is yet another great example of the sterling work our Environmental Health Team undertake out to ensure public safety. It is important that we investigate complaints and take the necessary action when required. It is also important to note that as an authority we undertake a lot of proactive work to support businesses to trade safely.”
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