Rat drop­pings found at take­away

Own­ers hit with £6,500 fine af­ter be­ing in breach of hy­giene reg­u­la­tions

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

A Halal take­away in Hayes has been fined af­ter com­mit­ting NINE food hy­giene of­fences, in­clud­ing rat drop­pings be­ing found in their kitchen.

Hot & Spicy in Cold­har­bour Lane, a take away food shop pre­par­ing rice and cur­ried dishes, was fined £6,500 af­ter Hilling­don Coun­cil ‘s Food Health and Safety team found they had re­peat­edly breached hy­giene reg­u­la­tions.

Dur­ing a rou­tine in­spec­tion in March 2015, rat drop­pings were found inside the kitchen and stan­dards of hy­giene were poor, in­clud­ing a lack of clean­ing and in­ad­e­quate food tem­per­a­ture con­trols. The busi­ness was closed fol­low­ing this in­spec­tion, un­til pest con­trol pro­ce­dures were put in place to pre­vent rats en­ter­ing the busi­ness.

The shop’s owner, Ma­lik Mo­ham­mad Yousaf, had been of­fered food safety coach­ing in 2014 but this was de­clined.

Yousaf was found guilty of nine food hy­giene of­fences in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and was is­sued with a fine of £6,500 with fur­ther costs of £2,879, at a hear­ing at Isle­worth Crown Court on March 22.

A sen­tence of four months im­pris­on­ment was im­posed in the event Mr Yousaf de­faulted on any pay­ments.

The coun­cil took the de­ci­sion to pros­e­cute when, de­spite a num­ber of warn­ings, Yousaf con­tin­ued to com­mit of­fences. Tem­per­a­ture checks at the take­away were in­ad­e­quate and flies were found premises and sur­faces of food.

At the most re­cent in­spec­tion in March 2016, an im­prove­ment in food hy­giene con­di­tions was in on the the recorded. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “We take the health of res­i­dents very se­ri­ously and this case demon­strates the se­ri­ous con­se­quences of fail­ing to com­ply with food safety laws.”

Go to getwest­lon­don. co.uk to see video of what was found.

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