The owner of an Indian takeaway in Rugby was fined £2,000 by magistrates after pleading guilty to a string of food safety offences.
Tufail Khan, owner of Barakah Indian in Railway Terrace, was first warned about the state of the takeaway’s kitchen in February when a council food safety officer carried out a routine inspection.
The kitchen’s sink and freezer were dirty, cobwebs and a broken pane were found in a window, wall tiles were missing and broken, and the wash basin in the staff toilet had no running hot water.
The kitchen was also operating without a food safety management system - meaning no procedures were in place to make sure basic food safety checks were carried out on a regular basis.
Mr Khan was issued with a warning letter detailing a list of improvements which needed to be made, but during a follow-up inspection in April, a number of food safety breaches were discovered.
Drops of blood were on the kitchen floor, the waste pipe from the main sink was cracked and leaking dirty water on to the floor, wall tiles were still missing and the window pane remained broken.
In addition, records of the kitchen’s food safety management system were unavailable for inspection and the daily diary for food safety checks was blank - suggesting no checks had been carried out.
At a hearing at Nuneaton’s Warwickshire Justice Centre on Monday (October 5), Khan, of King Edward Road, Coventry, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Food Safety Act 1990.
In mitigation, 34-year-old Khan said following the inspection in February he had contacted a builder to make improvements to the kitchen, but the builder had been unable to carry out the work until a week after the follow-up inspection in April.
The court heard the improvements outlined in the council’s warning letter in February had now been made to the takeaway’s kitchen.
Magistrates fined Khan £500 for each offence and ordered him to pay £500 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the hearing, Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The safety of customers must be the top priority for any food business and our food safety team works proactively to help business owners comply with legislation and meet hygiene standards.
“However, when food businesses fail to accept our support and put the public’s health at risk, we have no other option than to take the matter to court.”
Businesses can contact the council’s food safety team on (01788) 533851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org