Pizza shop owner banned over food safety and hy­giene

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

A PIZZA shop owner from Lough­bor­ough has been banned from man­ag­ing a food busi­ness and fined af­ter breach­ing food safety and hy­giene reg­u­la­tions.

Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil prose­cuted Iqbal Hus­sain af­ter its of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered mouldy and out-of-date food and poor lev­els of hy­giene at Sliced in An­gel Yard, Lough­bor­ough.

One in­spec­tion re­vealed E. Coli on the lid of a may­on­naise tub, lis­te­ria in sausages and food which was up to 47 days past its use-by date. The shop closed last year. Mr Hus­sain, 58, of Hud­son Street, Lough­bor­ough, pleaded guilty to three charges and was found guilty of two oth­ers.

Mag­is­trates were told Mr Hus­sain reg­is­tered Sliced as a food busi­ness on Jan­uary 22, 2018.

Be­tween Fe­bru­ary and June it was vis­ited five times by coun­cil of­fi­cers who noted poor food safety and hy­giene prac­tices.

Dur­ing one visit, of­fi­cers found raw chicken on top of piz­zas where re­heat­ing would not kill harm­ful bac­te­ria as well as dirty cloths, equip­ment and work sur­faces.

Warn­ings were is­sued and while there was an ini­tial im­prove­ment, it was not sus­tained

In June, of­fi­cers found that food hy­giene and safety con­di­tions were ex­tremely poor.

There were 10 ready-to-eat and raw food items past their use-by dates.

Many foods were mouldy and de­cay­ing.

Test re­sults found E.coli, a bac­te­ria found in fae­cal mat­ter, on the lid of a may­on­naise tub and lis­te­ria in some sausages. The cloths used for clean­ing were also swabbed and showed a high level of bac­te­ria.

Mr Hus­sain was is­sued with two hy­giene im­prove­ment no­tices but he in­formed the Coun­cil in July that he was clos­ing the busi­ness.

At Le­ices­ter Mag­is­trates’ Court, Mr Hus­sain pleaded guilty to sell­ing food which was un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion as it ex­ceeded mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal lim­its; sell­ing food that was past its use-by date; and fail­ing to en­sure equip­ment was ef­fec­tively cleaned.

He de­nied two fur­ther charges of fail­ing to keep the food premises clean and fail­ing to pro­tect food against con­tam­i­na­tion but was found guilty at a trial at Lough­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on De­cem­ber 21 when he was sen­tenced.

Mr Hus­sain ex­plained to the court that he had some per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties which had af­fected him and through lazi­ness or lack of con­cen­tra­tion he did not fol­low the pro­ce­dures he should have done.

He said that although the food in his fridge was mouldy or out of date, he was not sell­ing it to cus­tomers.

Mag­is­trates fined Mr Hus­sain £300 and or­dered him to pay a £50 vic­tim sur­charge and £500 costs. They also granted a Hy­giene Pro­hi­bi­tion Or­der pre­vent­ing Mr Hus­sain from be­ing in­volved in the man­age­ment of a food busi­ness for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

Fol­low­ing the case, Coun Mar­garet Smi­d­ow­icz, lead mem­ber for reg­u­la­tory ser­vices at Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun- cil, said: “Food busi­nesses need to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing the rules as they are there to pro­tect the pub­lic, in­clud­ing their cus­tomers.

“I am pleased we se­cured an or­der to stop this in­di­vid­ual from man­ag­ing an­other food busi­ness and I hope it serves as a warn­ing that there are con­se­quences for poor food safety and hy­giene prac­tices, both for peo­ple and busi­nesses.

“I would like to thank our of­fi­cers for bring­ing this case but it’s also worth high­light­ing that we much pre­fer to work along­side food busi­nesses and can sup­port and ad­vise them on how to make sure they are fol­low­ing the reg­u­la­tions.

“If any­one has con­cerns they can talk to us and we will help as we want suc­cess­ful lo­cal busi­nesses.”

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