December 12 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A Romford takeaway owner warned about his site’s poor hygiene has been fined over £9,000 after admitting nine food safety offences.
Mohammed Nazakat of Flavour Chicken, South Street, will have to pay a total of £9,350 for failing to improve the shop’s standards since Havering Council officers visited the premises in January 2012 for a routine inspection.
He was fined £750 for each offence and ordered to pay £2,600 in costs by Havering Magistrates’ Court.
The council took Nazakat to court after four inspections last year revealed a number of health risks.
During their most recent visit in June 2012, they discovered raw chicken was stored too closely to cooked food and found a cloth which was revealed to have high levels of enterobacteriaceae, a bacteria which can cause food poisoning.
Officers also found staff not wearing aprons and unclean walls, floors and equipment in the kitchen.
After taking over the business in February 2012, Nazakat was warned changes had to be made.
However, subsequent visits in March and May uncovered additional health concerns and Nazakat was served with a number of hygiene improvement notices.
He was ordered to provide better training for staff in food safety and ensure all food was safe from contamination.
But when officers visited in June, they found there had been no change.
Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for public protection, said: “It is absolutely disgusting that despite so many visits and advice given by our officers this restaurant owner failed to clean up his act and continued to break the law, putting the health and wellbeing of every person who ate there at risk.
“He blatantly flouted the law and I am pleased the magistrates saw fit to impose a hefty fine.”
To check the food hygiene ratings of businesses near you, visit http://ratings.food.gov.uk.
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