THE former owner of a pizza takeaway has been fined by magistrates for running unhygienic and dirty premises.
West Cheshire Magistrates Court heard a routine food hygiene inspection was carried out in March 2013 by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s food safety officers at Pizza Pan in Eddisbury Square, Frodsham.
The standards of cleaning and structural compliance inside were found to be far below those expected, as poor as the inspecting officer had seen at the premises.
Samir Benali, of Jauncey Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene charges.
The charges were:
l Failure to register the food business in his name with the local authority
l Failure to maintain the kitchen walls in a sound and clean condition
l Failure to maintain the kitchen ceiling in a sound and clean condition
l Failure to maintain the kitchen floor in a sound and clean condition
l Failure to keep premises clean in general
l Failure to provide effective pest control measures
l Failure to provide soap for washing hands
l Failure to protect high risk food from contamination
l Failure to provide a documented food safety management system
Benali was fined £150 for each offence and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,548 and a victim surcharge of £20.
This made a total for Benali to pay of £2,918.
Subsequent monitoring visits by food safety officers to the premises revealed appropriate improvements in standards had been made and maintained and the business complied with the regulations before the business changed hands in August last year and also afterwards.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “The public has a right to expect the food we eat to be safe and prepared in a hygienic way in clean surroundings.
“This type of case shows that the responsibility to safe guard food hygiene is on food business operators to meet the standards expected by the regulations and the consequences should they not be met.”