A BAKERY in Rawmarsh has been shut by council officers over hygiene concerns.
Rotherham Borough Council confirmed that it had imposed a hygiene emergency prohibition notice on Rawmarsh-based Levertons Bakers and Confectioners (pictured) on January 10.
A notice posted on the firm’s Kilnhurst Road premises stated that it had been served under Regulation 8 of The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
The council would not give any further details about the reason for the closure and calls to the bakery’s number would not connect.
Levertons was sold to a new owner by long-standing proprietor Adrian Leverton two years ago.
A message on the Levertons Facebook page, posted on January 11, said the business was
“no longer trading at this time”.
It read: “Due to circumstances out of my control and through no fault of my own I find myself making this difficult post.
“Levertons are no longer trading at this time and after a superfantastic year would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me in the bakery.
“I’m gutted to say the least so thank you everyone. All my love bev xx.”
An RMBC spokeswoman said the authority had made an application to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court for a hearing for an order confirming the prohibition order and a spokeswoman said it was awaiting news of a date for a court hearing.
A statement from previous owners the Leverton family suggested the council’s ruling was opposed, saying: “Due to circumstances outside of the control of the Leverton family the bakery was closed.
“After reading and providing a response to the closure report we are now of the opinion that the closure was inappropriate and this is the reason why the closure is being appealed.”