Close work between Monmouthshire’s environmental health officers and a Chepstow food outlet has resulted in the premises achieving a vastly improved food hygiene rating.

Following an inspection on 8th December 2016 The Boat public house was awarded a zero food hygiene rating.  A subsequent hearing at Newport Magistrates Court on 5th May found Mrs Patricia Simpson of The Boat, The Back, Chepstow guilty of four offences.  She was fined a total of £1,900 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

Offences included supplying food that was unsafe for human consumption, failing to implement safe food management procedures to ensure food safety, failing to maintain the food premises in a clean condition and non-display of the current food hygiene rating.

Since the inspection, the business has worked closely with the council’s environmental health team to make great progress and the premises have now achieved a 4 (Good) food hygiene rating.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for food hygiene ratings, Councillor Sara Jones said: “The council’s Environmental Health department will always work with food businesses to maintain standards and protect public health.  However, we will not hesitate to use our statutory powers when conditions are found to be poor and businesses have not responded to our advice. Our goal is for all food outlets in Monmouthshire to achieve an acceptable standard of hygiene and aim for excellence.”

Food businesses requiring help or advice, should contact Monmouthshire’s environmental health team on 01873 735420.