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Filthy takeaway pays the price

Published Monday, 05 August 2013

The owner of a dirty mouse infested takeaway with "deplorable" standards of hygiene has been ordered to pay out £1,320 after he was prosecuted by Enfield Council.

Muhammed Ali Khan, 56, of Hertford Road, N9, pleaded guilty to four charges under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 at Enfield Magistrates Court today (August 2).

The charges related to BBQ House in Hertford Road, Enfield, which was visited by Environmental Health Officers on 15th May 2012, who found a string of hygiene problems including a failure to keep the premises and equipment clean, an infestation of mice and an inability to prevent contamination of food.

The takeaway was immediately closed and Khan prosecuted. He appeared before magistrates on Friday where he was fined £110 for each offence, ordered to pay £800 costs and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "The court quite rightly handed down a stiff sentence in light of the abysmal hygiene failings discovered by inspectors. The state of this takeaway was an utter disgrace and ran the very real risk of causing harm to customers because of the flagrant lack of concern for hygiene standards.

"We will work tirelessly to ensure that all our restaurants and takeaways operate in a clean and safe way, and we will take firm and effective action against those that cannot be bothered or do not understand the importance of keeping their premises clean."

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