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Food safety round-up: A pub owner changes plea to guilty for food safety breaches and former owner of restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Former owner of restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Former owner of an Oldham restaurant was fined £4,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations. 

In December 2018, an investigation on Kebabish Peri Peri found that the restaurant has mouse droppings, and various items of equipment and towel dispenser unclean.

Additionally, investigators also found an accumulation of food debris on equipment, sink taps, the tandoori oven, bonza tin opener and filters in the canopy. 

The premises were not being cleaned to an adequate standard and food debris was also found in the vegetable slicer, chopping boards were dirty and scoured and could be cleaned. The front display fridge was also unclean.

As a result, the former owner and Director of the company, Sajad Hussain, was fined £1,152 and ordered to pay £575 costs with £76 to victim services.

The restaurant was also fined £3,000 with £575 costs and £170 for victim services.

In 2019, Kebabish Peri Peri was bought by 21-year-old Adeel Shazad. He expressed: “I was shocked to find out the previous owner was being prosecuted. Since I took over, we have had a four-star rating. We are now conducting robust, vigorous mock inspections and have contracted with a renowned health and safety consultancy.

“We take hygiene very seriously. We have two cleaning staff. The council environment department has since given us the highest award for cleanliness, a four-star rating.

 “We are sorry that in the past the business’ hygiene had fallen below standard. We believe it was unacceptable. However, our turnaround was a result of my personal belief in hygiene. We will continue with the same zeal for the highest standards which have been recognised by Oldham Council.”

A Rogate pub former owner fined after admitting food safety and hygiene offences

Former owner of a Rogate pub changes his plea to guilty for breaching food and safety hygiene regulations.

Andrew Standen, the former owner of White Horse Public House, initially pleaded not guilty and was due to a two-day trial in February, after an investigation by Chichester District Council reported ‘sighting of rats at the premises’.

Mr Standen was charged with offences of contravening and failing to comply with EU provision of food hygiene at his Pub in Rogate.

At Horsham Magistrates’ Court, on 24 February, he admitted the charges and changed his plea having previously pleading not guilty. Standen also pleaded guilty to a further three charges against the company, Standen Leisure Holdings Ltd, previous owners of the pub.

Standen and his company were fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £11,095 in costs, after pleading guilty to a total of 12 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 and under section 10 of the Food Safety Act 1990.

The district council confirmed that nine other charges against Standen Leisure Holdings Ltd were dropped, but the three charges admitted on 24 February related to ‘non-compliance with Hygiene Improvement Notices’. 

Five of the charges against Standen were dated 3 October 2018, while four were dated 22 October 2018, on the charge sheet. These include the accusation that he failed to ensure food premises were kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition.

A spokesman said: “These offences took place between June 29, 2018, and January 7, 2019. The health protection team at Chichester District Council first visited the White Horse in 2018 in response to a reported sighting of rats at the premises.

“After eight visits and the failure to comply with three Food Hygiene Improvement Notices, the standards of hygiene were still unacceptable, so the council prosecuted. Mr Standen is no longer involved with the White Horse pub.

“This case sends a strong message that whilst we always try to work with food business operators to achieve improvement, we will take legal action if food safety standards are continually found to be unacceptable.”

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