Islington-based business, Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery has been placed with a court fine of £8,000 over a host of offences, including using sugar in its products.

Islington Council inspectors visited the bakery back in July last year, where they found mouse droppings and poor standards of cleaning.

However, later on, the bakery was also criticised for false advertising on its business title, after it was revealed the company was sweetening its products with sugar from fruit and using a banned sweetener – stevia.

Owner Romeo Dalh admitted seven charges at Highbury Corner Magistrates and agreed to make significant improvements to his bakery.

The council has offered businesses like Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery help on food hygiene, but stressed it would take action when necessary.

Councillor Andy Hull, Islington Council’s executive member for finance, performance and community safety, told the Evening Standard: “Our residents and visitors expect and deserve good standards from food businesses in Islington.

“We offer businesses help and advice on food hygiene and standards issues, and will help businesses address issues. However, when serious problems are found and standards are not met, as in this case, we will take action.”

The bakery claims to be London’s first sugar-free and gluten-free business, and provides a range of artisan cakes, pastries, quiches and breads, including dairy-free and vegan options.