On Friday 20 August the Dragon Inn, Ripon was served with an Emergency Hygiene Prohibition Order.
The prohibition order follows an inspection by Harrogate Borough Council's food safety team which found a series of potentially dangerous hygiene issues.
During the routine inspection, the team discovered the inn to be filthy throughout, very poor structural conditions resulting in the contamination and/or significant risk of contamination of food. It was also evident that the premises was poorly maintained, lack of handwashing facilities and a lack of appropriate cleaning products.
These issues were severe enough to be considered an imminent risk to public health, and on the 20 August, Leeds Magistrates Court subsequently issued an Emergency Hygiene Prohibition Order which forced the closure of the takeaway until the council is satisfied it no longer poses a health risk. The court also ordered the food business operator at the premises to pay the council's costs of £1,967.10 (to be paid within 28 days).
Councillor Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for housing and safer communities, said: "Since we came out of the lockdown periods the council is finding that hygiene standards have deteriorated significantly in some premises. It is imperative that food businesses maintain hygiene and food safety at all times, even more so during the currently Covid-19 pandemic.
"Council offers work hard to provide guidance and advice for businesses so that they can operate safely. Any businesses who fail to act upon this advice, and the resulting inspection identifies a risk to public health, then we have no option but to consider formal action."
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