Not so yummy...filthy take­away ex­posed

GREASY WORK SUR­FACES

Sunday Sun - - News - By Katie Dick­in­son Re­porter katie.dick­in­son@reach­plc.com

WORKTOPS caked in grease, un­re­frig­er­ated tomato sauce, pizza bases cov­ered in a bin bag and staff who were “clearly not wash­ing their hands” be­fore pre­par­ing food.

Th­ese were the shock­ing con­di­tions in­side a Newcastle take­away.

As well as “filthy” work sur­faces and equip­ment, in­spec­tors found a bro­ken win­dow and dam­aged ceil­ing at Yum­mies on New­gate Street in the city cen­tre.

En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers said the take­away was not safe to open when they vis­ited on March 9 this year to carry out a food hy­giene in­spec­tion.

A court heard that af­ter the in­spec­tion Yum­mies was im­me­di­ately deep cleaned and now has a four-star hy­giene rat­ing.

Now owner Ke­mal Gu­clu has been fined more than £5,000 for the 11 breaches of food safety reg­u­la­tions in March.

Gu­clu, 61, of Baltic Quay, pleaded guilty to the of­fences, de­spite say­ing at the time he was still in the process of buy­ing the busi­ness and had no role in the day to day run­ning of the take­away.

Newcastle Mag­is­trates’ Court heard that in­spec­tors vis­ited the shop in March and saw straight away that “the stan­dard of clean­li­ness was extremely poor”. Their find­ings in­cluded:

“Al­most every sur­face” was cov­ered in a layer of dirt and grease

Filthy plas­tic stor­age con­tain­ers con­tain­ing dry in­gre­di­ents

A dam­aged plas­tic stor­age bin used to store flour for pizza bases

Hand wash basins were com­pletely dry and used to store soap Yum­mies take­away on New­gate Street, Newcastle City Cen­tre and dirty cloths

A fridge with con­tain­ers of tomato sauce used on pizza bases was not switched on

On top of that, the up­stairs prepa­ra­tion room was miss­ing pane of glass “which al­lowed po­ten­tial pest ac­cess”.

A large area of the ceil­ing was also dam­aged and “looked as though it could col­lapse”.

Joanne Bagshaw, pros­e­cut­ing for Newcastle City Coun­cil, said: “In spite of the filthy con­di­tions, the food han­dlers seemed obliv­i­ous and con­tin­ued to pre­pare food.”

Read­ing from the re­port, she con­tin­ued: “The take­away re­quired a ma­jor deep clean – al­most every sur­face and piece of equip­ment was coated in grease, pests could eas­ily ac­cess the food and staff were clearly not wash­ing their hands prior to pre­par­ing food.”

Ms Bagshaw said the of­fi­cers phoned Gu­clu, who agreed “the busi­ness should not open and that staff use this time to clean the premises”.

She added: “Of­fi­cers re­turned on March 16 and sat­is­fied it no longer posed a risk to health.”

Gu­clu pleaded guilty to 11 counts of breach­ing the Food Safety and Hy­giene Reg­u­la­tions 2013, in­clud­ing fail­ing to keep premises and clean, fail­ing to en­sure wash basins were des­ig­nated for clean­ing hands and fail­ing to have ad­e­quate pro­ce­dures in place to con­trol pests.

But he told the court at the time of the in­spec­tion he was in the process of buy­ing the busi­ness for some­one else and was “not phys­i­cally in con­trol of the busi­ness” at that time.

The court heard he had “a very high star rat­ing in all his other take­aways and has a very good re­la­tion­ship with the coun­cil”.

Mag­is­trates fined Gu­clu £500 for each of the 11 of­fences, and or­dered him to pay a to­tal of £7,650, in­clud­ing costs and sur­charges.

Coun Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for the En­vi­ron­ment, said: “It is pleas­ing to learn that work­ing with our of­fi­cers, Mr Gu­clu has now man­aged to get his act to­gether and achieve a four star food hy­giene rat­ing and I would like to see him en­sure that this sit­u­a­tion is main­tained and im­proved on.”

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