Spirit fined for food violations

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A mouse-infested Kentish Town pub in north London that served under-cooked food has cost the Spirit Group £11,000. Camden Council's food safety team...

A mouse-infested Kentish Town pub in north London that served under-cooked food has cost the Spirit Group £11,000. Camden Council's food safety team visited the Halfway House, in Kentish Town Road, in June last year after a customer complained about chicken that was served while still raw in the centre. An officer discovered a serious mouse infestation in the kitchen with droppings on appliances, cans of food and other equipment. The kitchen was closed by Spirit but allowed to re-open in July after a further inspection. However, when the officer returned in December, its cleanliness was still sub-standard. Spirit pleaded guilty at Highbury Magistrates Court to one offence relating to the sale of raw chicken, one relating to the mouse problem and a third relating to unclean premises. The company was fined £8,500 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs. Olsen Oxenham, Camden's food safety manager, said: "It is vital that people report incidents if they are concerned by standards. We will always investigate them thoroughly.

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