Wycombe takeaway and village pub prosecuted over food safety

Bucks Free Press: Wycombe takeaway and village pub prosecuted over food safety Wycombe takeaway and village pub prosecuted over food safety

A TAKEAWAY and a pub have been prosecuted after repeatedly ignoring the warnings of food inspectors.

The owners of Indian takeaway Salam’s in High Wycombe and the Dashwood Arms pub in Piddington were successfully prosecuted by Wycombe District Council over food safety regulations.

Cllr Jean Teesdale, WDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "The public should be able to consume food from any outlet with the confidence it is prepared using the highest of food hygiene practices which are continuously and effectively monitored.

"That's why we take action to protect the public when food hygiene laws are flouted."

Takeaway owners Waseem Salam and Abdul Salam pleaded guilty to seven food safety offences at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on July 17.

They were ordered to pay a £2,800 fine and £4,460.07 costs. Each defendant had to pay a victim surcharge of £20.

It followed an inspection of the Arnison Avenue takeout in July 2012 by Environmental Health officers who found the food equipment and premises to be dirty.

They also ruled workers wore filthy clothes, food preparation areas were in a poor state of repair, hand wash basins were inadequate and the takeaway had no safe procedures in place.

The owners had been told to rectify the issues during inspections in 2012 and 2011.

The takeaway currently has a rating of one in the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme - 'Major Improvement Necessary'.

Waseem Salam told the Bucks Free Press yesterday that the original inspection took place more than a year ago and a subsequent one had shown satisfactory results.

He added that the infractions had been relatively minor, such as a lack of paper towels or detergent, and that nothing hazardous had been found in any food served to customers.

Mr Salam also noted that takeaway's kitchen was visible from the shopfront. He said: "All the food that is being made here the customer can see."

The council was also successful in its prosecution of the owner of the Dashwood Arms in Piddington.

Wayne Mitchell pleaded guilty to five food safety offences at Wycombe Law Courts on July 18. He was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1000 in costs.

Environmental Health officers inspected the Old Oxford Road pub on August 3, 2012, and found the kitchen in a poor state of repair.

Inspectors also discovered staff did not have food hygiene training, food equipment was dirty and there was a risk of food contamination.

They also found the pubs procedures were inadequate and records had been fabricated for the days ahead. These matters were raised with the pub owner during three previous inspections dating back to April 2011.

Steve Ferguson, the pub's manager, said there was never any danger to the safety of punters or of the kitchen being shut down by health inspectors.

He said: "It was about paperwork and record keeping, it didn't get done. But there was never any danger the kitchen would be closed.

"But everything is now in place and the pub is moving forward."

The pub has a rating of two on the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which means 'Improvement Necessary'.

Residents can check the rating of any food premises within the district on the council’s website: http://mywycombe.wycombe.gov.uk/

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12:10pm Wed 31 Jul 13

M4M552013 says...

''Takeaway owners Waseem Salam and Abdul Salam pleaded guilty to seven food safety offences at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on July 17.''

Why is there a picture of Wycombe Magistrates Court if they went to Uxbridge??
''Takeaway owners Waseem Salam and Abdul Salam pleaded guilty to seven food safety offences at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on July 17.'' Why is there a picture of Wycombe Magistrates Court if they went to Uxbridge?? M4M552013
  • Score: 7

12:29pm Wed 31 Jul 13

Hedgehunter says...

Because if you read further: "Wayne Mitchell pleaded guilty to five food safety offences at Wycombe Law Courts on July 18."
Because if you read further: "Wayne Mitchell pleaded guilty to five food safety offences at Wycombe Law Courts on July 18." Hedgehunter
  • Score: 17

6:03pm Wed 31 Jul 13

wycombechick says...

Well that's a shock! I love that pub!!! Not sure how to feel now...Just goes to show you don't know what happens behind closed doors :-(
Well that's a shock! I love that pub!!! Not sure how to feel now...Just goes to show you don't know what happens behind closed doors :-( wycombechick
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Wed 31 Jul 13

gungun says...

Not heard a good thing about the food at the pub, but plenty of bad things. Its not been a decent eating pub for near on 20 years, in fact its not been a decent pub for nearly as long!
Not heard a good thing about the food at the pub, but plenty of bad things. Its not been a decent eating pub for near on 20 years, in fact its not been a decent pub for nearly as long! gungun
  • Score: 5

3:38pm Thu 1 Aug 13

philbo says...

To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).
To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid). philbo
  • Score: 2

9:02am Fri 2 Aug 13

stargazer02 says...

I hope that those establishments who practice the same should be aware of this protocol so that they will not be punished. How come that this kind of establishments gets an operating permit if they had the wrong practice in food processing? It would be their greatest nightmare if aside from their malpractice in food processing, they still serve nor sells expired food to consumers. The expiration date seen on most packaged food is there for a reason. But that reason may not be precisely what you think it is. Here's how to understand it all, and maybe even save some money. If you need help paying for new food, get a personal loan.
I hope that those establishments who practice the same should be aware of this protocol so that they will not be punished. How come that this kind of establishments gets an operating permit if they had the wrong practice in food processing? It would be their greatest nightmare if aside from their malpractice in food processing, they still serve nor sells expired food to consumers. The expiration date seen on most packaged food is there for a reason. But that reason may not be precisely what you think it is. Here's how to understand it all, and maybe even save some money. If you need help paying for new food, get a personal loan. stargazer02
  • Score: -2

11:04am Fri 2 Aug 13

zahidtanvir says...

never been to either one of the establishments, but i guess like any other establishment they have good days and bad.
The system is to blame here there should be compulsary training and exams and more stringent licences if you wish to purchase and run these type of businesses.
I have snot been to any of these businesses so cannot comment-
never been to either one of the establishments, but i guess like any other establishment they have good days and bad. The system is to blame here there should be compulsary training and exams and more stringent licences if you wish to purchase and run these type of businesses. I have snot been to any of these businesses so cannot comment- zahidtanvir
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Sat 3 Aug 13

Ismailias says...

philbo wrote:
To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).
..probably thinking more in terms of ...Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella, and Campylobacter (that's the one that gives you diarrhoea) is what people are more likely to be concerned about...
[quote][p][bold]philbo[/bold] wrote: To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).[/p][/quote]..probably thinking more in terms of ...Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella, and Campylobacter (that's the one that gives you diarrhoea) is what people are more likely to be concerned about... Ismailias
  • Score: 4

7:04pm Mon 12 Aug 13

Gurnsworth says...

Could a name change be in order for the Dashwood Arms after this appalling revelation? How about the 'Gashfood Arms'? I'm sure His Lordship, Eddie, would approve - wouldn't want the 'good' Dashwood family name being tarnished now would we. Or maybe he's too busy clutching his white porcelain throne, emitting Hell Fire from his bottom, after sampling some of the culinary delights there.
Could a name change be in order for the Dashwood Arms after this appalling revelation? How about the 'Gashfood Arms'? I'm sure His Lordship, Eddie, would approve - wouldn't want the 'good' Dashwood family name being tarnished now would we. Or maybe he's too busy clutching his white porcelain throne, emitting Hell Fire from his bottom, after sampling some of the culinary delights there. Gurnsworth
  • Score: 0

11:16am Thu 22 Aug 13

gungun says...

philbo wrote:
To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).
Wayne has turned the garden into a travellers camp, with tarpaulins draped everywhere - the outside of the pub looks like the kind you get in rundown seaside towns, with desparation events every week and the client base to match. I know pubs need to make a living, but with this report I can only see a slow and painful demise of the once proud and foodworthy Dashwood Arms
[quote][p][bold]philbo[/bold] wrote: To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).[/p][/quote]Wayne has turned the garden into a travellers camp, with tarpaulins draped everywhere - the outside of the pub looks like the kind you get in rundown seaside towns, with desparation events every week and the client base to match. I know pubs need to make a living, but with this report I can only see a slow and painful demise of the once proud and foodworthy Dashwood Arms gungun
  • Score: 3

11:16am Thu 22 Aug 13

gungun says...

philbo wrote:
To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).
Wayne has turned the garden into a travellers camp, with tarpaulins draped everywhere - the outside of the pub looks like the kind you get in rundown seaside towns, with desparation events every week and the client base to match. I know pubs need to make a living, but with this report I can only see a slow and painful demise of the once proud and foodworthy Dashwood Arms
[quote][p][bold]philbo[/bold] wrote: To give them their dues, Wayne & co have done a huge amount to improve the Dashwood over the past year. It is barely recognizable compared to the Dashwood I used to know (and avoid).[/p][/quote]Wayne has turned the garden into a travellers camp, with tarpaulins draped everywhere - the outside of the pub looks like the kind you get in rundown seaside towns, with desparation events every week and the client base to match. I know pubs need to make a living, but with this report I can only see a slow and painful demise of the once proud and foodworthy Dashwood Arms gungun
  • Score: 3

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