Britannia hotel chain faces trial over food safety allegations

Adelphi hotel

Hotel chain Britannia faces a five-day trial over allegations that its Liverpool Adelphi hotel breached food safety laws.

The company, which denies the accusations, will face the trial in June after it was adjourned earlier this week by district judge Andrew Shaw.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the 400-bedroom is alleged to have contravened legislation demanding that food premises must be “clean or in good condition” and have “adequate procedures to control pests” in place.

It faces 20 charges in total after the city council took legal action. ‘Not guilty’ pleas to all of them were entered on Britannia’s behalf by William Hibbert QC.

The Adelphi is alleged to have breached the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations Act 2013, on September 29 last year, and March 18 and September 7 this year.

According to court papers listed by the Echo, the regulations include:

– The layout, design, construction, siting and size of food premises are to permit good food hygiene practices, including protection against contamination, and, in particular, pest control;

– Food is to be protected against any contamination likely to render it unfit for human consumption, injurious to health or contaminated in such a way that it would be unreasonable to expect it to be consumed in that state;

– All articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact are to be effectively cleaned, and where necessary, disinfected;

– Food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe – and food shall be deemed to be unsafe after the use-by date has expired;

The Adelphi is one of the most famous hotels in Liverpool. It is located in the heart of the city centre and starred in the TV series HOTEL.

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