Former take­away owner ad­mits to hy­giene fail­ings

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JAMES WYL­LIE

Behroz Hamedi

An Aberdeen take­away owner has ad­mit­ted a string of hy­giene fail­ings, in­clud­ing serv­ing un­sus­pect­ing cus­tomers raw meat.

Behroz Hamedi, who ran Marco’s Fast Food on Bel­mont Street, was forced to shut up shop last year after his “con­tin­ued” non-com­pli­ance of health reg­u­la­tions.

Fol­low­ing visits from of­fi­cials in De­cem­ber 2017 and Jan­uary 2018, the 59-year-old’s li­cence to trade into the early hours was re­voked.

He claimed the as­so­ci­ated loss of busi­ness from night-time rev­ellers meant he could no longer keep his com­pany afloat.

On be­half of him­self and his firm, Hamedi pled guilty to 10 charges of fail­ing to com­ply with health and hy­giene im­prove­ment no­tices at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day.

Th­ese in­cluded stor­ing meat prod­ucts at un­safe tem­per­a­tures and ne­glect­ing a deep-fat fryer which was leak­ing “ex­ces­sive amounts” of grease.

De­pute fis­cal John Richard­son said items in­clud­ing red pud­ding were be­ing dis­played for pur­chase de­spite be­ing only part-cooked, mean­ing cus­tomers were at risk of tak­ing home items which could have “caused prob­lems” for them if eaten.

Hamedi told the court: “I think what we did was nor­mal prac­tice for a chip shop.

“We’d been do­ing it for 35 years and we had no prob­lems.”

By the time of the busi­ness’s clo­sure, it was fully com­pli­ant with the law.

Sher­iff Ian Wal­lace ac­knowl­edged there had been “some con­nec­tion” be­tween the re­vo­ca­tion of the late li­cence and the col­lapse of the busi­ness.

He said: “You have paid a sig­nif­i­cant penalty as a re­sult of that.”

Hamedi, of Bel­mont Street, was ad­mon­ished.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.