Restaurant owner who followed hygiene inspector down street shouting fined £3,000 for health breaches

Surrey Comet: Bruschetta in London Road, Kingston Bruschetta in London Road, Kingston

The owner of a Kingston pizza restaurant chased a food hygiene inspector down the road shouting at him after being told his dirty eatery breached food hygiene laws.

Daniele Ragona, who owns Bruschetta in London Road, was told in June 2012 to improve hygiene conditions at his restaurant, following a visit by Kingston Council inspectors.

After a brief period of improvement, inspectors returned to find the premises below standards.

This time, Mr Ragona, 51, became obstructive, pushing an inspector and following him down the street shouting at him, Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court heard.

A follow up visit in February 2013, this time in the company of the police, found dirty and greasy work surfaces, poor cleaning equipment, dusty and dirty flooring, and no hot water from the kitchen tap.

Plastic trays used to drain washed dishes and cutlery were dirty and black with signs of mould in places.

Mr Ragona, 51, pleaded guilty to three offences at the magistrates' court last week, and was fined £3,000.

He was also ordered to pay £690 costs plus a £100 victim surcharge.

The court also heard how Mr Ragona, an experienced restaurateur, had suffered from illness and financial troubles, and apologised for the offences and the way he behaved.

Kingston Council leader Liz Green said: “We take any risk to public health very seriously, and work with food businesses to help them comply with the regulations.

"In this case there were warnings and opportunities to improve, but ultimately it was so serious that we had to prosecute.”

You can check the hygiene rating of any restaurant in Kingston by visiting the Foods Standards Agency website.

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9:37am Mon 20 Jan 14

Mind the gap says...

Simple answe. Don't eat here.
Simple answe. Don't eat here. Mind the gap

11:04am Mon 20 Jan 14

Dennis R says...

It is better to keep one's mouth shut and let people THINK you are an idiot instead of operating your mouth and PROVING it.
It is better to keep one's mouth shut and let people THINK you are an idiot instead of operating your mouth and PROVING it. Dennis R

9:22am Tue 21 Jan 14

DB says...

And is the restuarent still open?

I agree that the fine is right for a second offence, but surely the main issue here is public health?

It would appears that the owner of this restaurant has had one good clean up to avoid being closed down and then let the place get just as bad as before.

I would have though that the best course of action would be to require immediate improvement and then schedule weekly visits at his expense to make sure it stays that way for a reasonable amount of time, reducing the frequency back to normal as long term improvement is gained.

Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year?
And is the restuarent still open? I agree that the fine is right for a second offence, but surely the main issue here is public health? It would appears that the owner of this restaurant has had one good clean up to avoid being closed down and then let the place get just as bad as before. I would have though that the best course of action would be to require immediate improvement and then schedule weekly visits at his expense to make sure it stays that way for a reasonable amount of time, reducing the frequency back to normal as long term improvement is gained. Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year? DB

8:52am Thu 23 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

DB wrote:
And is the restuarent still open?

I agree that the fine is right for a second offence, but surely the main issue here is public health?

It would appears that the owner of this restaurant has had one good clean up to avoid being closed down and then let the place get just as bad as before.

I would have though that the best course of action would be to require immediate improvement and then schedule weekly visits at his expense to make sure it stays that way for a reasonable amount of time, reducing the frequency back to normal as long term improvement is gained.

Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year?
Spot on !! And when you have to pay for inspection visits you will make sure the place is up to standard.!!
[quote][p][bold]DB[/bold] wrote: And is the restuarent still open? I agree that the fine is right for a second offence, but surely the main issue here is public health? It would appears that the owner of this restaurant has had one good clean up to avoid being closed down and then let the place get just as bad as before. I would have though that the best course of action would be to require immediate improvement and then schedule weekly visits at his expense to make sure it stays that way for a reasonable amount of time, reducing the frequency back to normal as long term improvement is gained. Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year?[/p][/quote]Spot on !! And when you have to pay for inspection visits you will make sure the place is up to standard.!! bosco1

7:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dennis R says...

"Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year?"

Padlock the door and lift his license.
"Without this, what is going to stop the same situation happening again next year?" Padlock the door and lift his license. Dennis R

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