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Drayton Park café is fined over hygiene rating claim

18 March, 2017

A CAFE which exaggerated its food hygiene rating has been left with a bill of almost £2,500.

Veli’s Cafe, in Drayton Park, claimed it had the top rating of “5” – meaning “very good” – when its actual rating was “1” – meaning “much improvement necessary”.

The café was visited by Islington Council Trading Standards in June last year after a claim that it had been displaying the wrong food rating since July 2015. The Trading Standards officer found the cafe had two “5” rating stickers on its front door, as well as a “5” certificate. It had previously been rated “5” but was downgraded to “1” in July 2015.

Kinal Ltd, trading as Veli’s Cafe, was fined £1,500 in its absence at Highbury Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday. It was ordered to pay costs of £896 and a victim surcharge of £75.

The food hygiene rating rose to “3” in October 2016.

Community safety chief Councillor Andy Hull said: “If businesses are not sure how food hygiene ratings work or what they need to do, they can look at the Food Standards Agency website for help and advice, or contact our environmental health commercial team.”

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