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Manager prosecuted for hygiene failings

Published Thursday, 20 November 2014

A man has been prosecuted by Enfield Council after food inspectors found a string of hygiene failings at a Somalian restaurant.

The manager of the Istanbul Restaurant in Angel Road, Edmonton, Mukhtaar Mohamed, 48, of Chargeable Street, London, pleaded guilty to an offence relating to Regulation 17 (1) of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations at Wood Green Crown Court on 11 November, after previously pleading not guilty to the charges at a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 20 February.

He was sentenced to 40 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £60 Victim Surcharge.
The owner of the restaurant Bashir Ahmed, 39, of Hertford Road had already pleaded guilty to four offences under Regulation 17 (1) of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court on 20 February.

He was fined was fined £1,700 and ordered to pay costs of £1848.06 and a £50 victim surcharge.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Food businesses have a moral obligation to operate in a clean and hygienic environment and when this does not happen, as was the case at the Istanbul Restaurant, we’ll take action.

“There is absolutely no excuse for poor food hygiene practices, we’ll take immediate action when we find failings in order to protect the public and improve standards in the borough’s food businesses.

“It is ironic that a person who did not ensure the food business he was running was clean will now have to clean up other people’s mess as a punishment, I sincerely hope he learns his lesson.”

Don’t forget to look at the food ratings before you eat at Link premises scoring 3 or more are regarded as being compliant with food hygiene requirements.

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