Mouse droppings in kitchen cost Preston care home owner £14,000 fine

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A care home owner in Preston has been fined £14,000 for a string of hygiene failings. Catterall House was rated Requires Improvement following a CQC inspection on February 23 this year, and Inadquate on the question of being safe and effective.

The family-run, 24-bed, home had 13 residents at the time of the CQC inspection. The CQC report noted that some improvements had been made to the cleanliness of the premises compared to an inspection in November last year, but further improvements were still needed.

Prosecuting for Wyre Borough Council, Anita Elliot described in court how the owners, Ramesh Kumar Gulat and his wife Varsha Gulati, were in breach of several hygiene offences including mouse droppings in a food storage area, dirty catering equipment and washing up areas.

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An outlet pipe from the kitchen leaked and there was a pool of foul water in the back yard containing waste food, the court heard. Plus, there was a risk of cross contamination of foods and there was no trained chef on duty every day.

Defence lawyer Rachel Adamson admitted that the operator had allowed standards to slip.

“He should have done more and is now doing everything that is asked of him by the authorities,” Ms Adamson stated.

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