Timeless Inns Ltd has received a fine and costs of more than £10,000 for food safety offences, following a hearing at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Thursday 5 September 2019. The Company faced charges under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 for failing to provide accurate allergen information to their customers.
At the time of the offences, Timeless Inns Limited owned The Ash Inn, Old Moor Tavern and Red Lion public houses in Barnsley.
The Court heard that between April 2017 and August 2018, Timeless Inns Ltd were offered formal advice on allergens on eight separate occasions. Barnsley Council’s authorised food officers had carried out inspections of Timeless Inn premises in Barnsley, sent letters and emails advising on the importance of providing accurate allergenic information, with information on how to comply with regulations.
The Company failed to follow that advice, and Barnsley Council officers visited The Ash Inn at Wombwell on 12 September 2018 where two samples were taken. When these meals were analysed, they showed:-
- One meal declared as gluten-free was found to contain gluten
- One meal listed as not containing milk was analysed as containing milk
Both meals contained dangerous levels of allergens.
Timeless Inns Ltd pleaded guilty to providing misleading information regarding allergens to customers and received a fine and costs totalling £10,152
On passing sentence, District Judge Redhouse told the Company she had taken into account the fact that they ignored concerns by Regulators and had fallen short of the appropriate standard required of a food business and this failure could have had serious adverse effects.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We are committed to ensuring that local food outlets are providing allergenic information to customers accurately. We want our residents to have confidence that the information provided by businesses about their food is correct. Where we find businesses are disregarding public protection laws, we will take appropriate enforcement action.
“I hope this sends a clear message to any businesses that are not taking allergen information seriously.”