Food safety offences spotted by borough council’s inspectors

A FORMER Boston shopkeeper was found selling out-of-date food during an environmental health inspection.

Piotr Lenard was found guilty of food safety offences for the second time in two years at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Boston Borough Council’s principal environmental health officer Trevor Darnes inspected Mr Lenard’s shop in West Street on October 27, 2011, and found significant quantities of out-of-date food, no proper food safety management system and inadequately trained and supervised staff.

Mr Lenard initially pleaded not guilty to charges of selling food past its sell-by date, failing to implement a food safety management system, failure to adequately train and supervise staff and selling food not labelled in English.

He had claimed that he was not the food business operator at the time of the inspection.

However, after hearing evidence from the prosecution, Mr Lenard changed his plea on all counts to guilty.

Mr Lenard told Boston Magistrates on Friday that he is no longer a food businesses operator.

The court was told that Mr Lenard had been previously fined for food safety offences at another of his shops in 2010.

That shop had subsequently closed down.

The matter has now been adjourned to August 10 for pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.

Speaking after the hearing Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health, said: “It is extremely disappointing that despite advice and assistance from council food safety officers over a long period of time, Mr Lenard has again failed to ensure high-risk foods, such as cooked meats, were handled and stored safely.

“This council takes food safety very seriously and will take whatever action is necessary to ensure satisfactory standards are maintained in food businesses.”