Care home fined £40,000 for preparing out of date sandwiches

A South Cumbria care home has been fined £40,000 after preparing out of date ham and beef sandwiches for residents.

South Cumbria Magistrates Court was told that inspectors visiting Heron Hill Care Home on March 21 2017 found sandwiches being prepared with meat that had expired on March 19 and ham with a use by date of March 17. The court heard that residents were not given the expired found, however, the North-West Evening Mail reported.

Prosecutor Michael Graham said: “There were a further six packets of meat in the chiller which were in date, and others not being used which were out of date.”

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Heron Hill operator Abbey Healthcare Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to comply with EU food safety and hygiene regulations.

The operator’s representative David Mainwaring said Abbey Healthcare took the issue “very safely” and were “extremely sorry” for the breach of regulations.

He added: “Immediately following the visit, an action plan was submitted and that action plan identified particular areas (of improvement) and it has been followed by the company to the letter.”

The home was rated ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection by the CQC in November 2017.

Inspectors noted that a new catering manager had been employed following concerns over the safe handling of food.

The CQC said: “The manager of the home had also carried out their own checks to ensure food was stored safely and disposed of when required.

“The environment health team had carried out another inspection of the home and assessed food hygiene standards as four stars, “Good”, in September 2017. The provider had taken appropriate action to ensure food was stored and handled safely to protect people.”

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