Cheese-smoking owner of Hundred House Hotel fined £10k for breaking food hygiene regulations
A hotel owner who smoked his own cheese and meat has been fined almost £10,000 for breaking food hygiene regulations.
Richard Maior-Barron, 52, from the Hundred House Hotel on the Roseland, pleaded guilty to four food hygiene offences brought by Cornwall Council.
Mr Maior-Barron was fined almost £10,000 and ordered to pay the Council's agreed costs of £1,500.
Cornwall Council said public health and protection officers found animal food products were being supplied by Mr Maior-Barron on a wholesale basis to other businesses without the legally-required approval to do so.
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Officers reported that raw meat and ready-to-eat foods were being packed on the same vacuum packer, creating a risk of food poisoning, and contrary to Mr Maior-Barron's agreement with the Council in August 2011 not to do so.
Attempts to investigate the matter were frustrated by Mr Maior-Barron resulting in obstruction charges being brought by the Council.
Speaking after the case, Nick Kelly, Cornwall Council's commercial food and safety manager, said: "We are now working with Mr Maior-Barron to ensure that the appropriate food safety controls are being implemented."
Following the prosecution Mr Maior-Barron said there was never any risk to the public.
He said: "It was purely administrative errors we made."