Ballymoney farmer fined £1,500 for food hygiene breaches
A Ballymoney farmer has been fined £1,500 after being convicted on three charges linked to food hygiene.
Thomas Taylor of Drumskea Road was charged under the Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.
He was absent from his sentencing at Coleraine Court which came after milk inspectors gathered evidence during routine inspections identifying a number of structural issues with his milking parlour and bulk tank storage room.
The charges were brought for breaches for which he was required to comply with the European Hygiene Regulations.
The regulations asked him to fit an outer door to the bulk tank storage room; seal a hole around pipe-work entering the bulk tank storage room; and repair or replace the floor area surface of the milking parlour.
Michael Jackson, head of food safety and operations at the FSA in Northern Ireland, said: "The FSA gives high priority to the safe and hygienic production of food and operates a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Despite repeated requests and warnings, Mr Taylor failed to take action and maintain appropriate standards at the milking parlour.
"This sentencing demonstrates that failure to comply with food hygiene regulations is a serious matter and should serve as a warning to others. Where food business operators fail to comply with hygiene improvement notices, prosecution will always be considered."