Bolton Council is issuing a warning to food businesses who continue to trade after their water supply has been disconnected.
Officers in the Food Control Unit receive notification from United Utilities whenever the water supply to a food business is disconnected. Each notification is followed up with a visit to the food business concerned.
Over recent months the council has found a number of takeaways, pubs and restaurants preparing food or open for trade with no water supply to the premises. Where this situation presents an imminent risk to public health, officers take action to ensure the business is closed down immediately and any potentially contaminated food destroyed.
A water supply is essential to running a food business and ensuring the safety of the food handled there. Lack of water means that food handlers cannot wash their hands, food cannot be washed and the premises and equipment cannot be cleaned putting the health of customers at risk.
Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services and Skills said: “We advise all food business operators that if their water supply is disconnected for any reason, they must not open or prepare food until the supply is reconnected.
“We will not hesitate to take immediate action against food businesses which trade without a water supply. In addition to being closed down, food which has been prepared at the premises may be destroyed and the food business operator subsequently prosecuted for offences under food hygiene legislation.”