Fine of £8,000 after mice found during routine hygiene inspection

The owner of Desi Roti and Khana in Smethwick has pleaded guilty to four food hygiene offences at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court. The owner was ordered to a pay a fine of £8,000, costs of £1,439.59 and a victim surcharge of £170.

The discovery of the rodents arose during a routine hygiene inspection by Environmental Health Officers on 9 October 2017. The owners pleaded guilty to failing to keep the food premises clean, failure to protect food against contamination, failure to have adequate procedures in place to control pests, and the failure to implement and maintain a food safety management system.

The takeaway was voluntarily closed, but was reopened following remedial steps being taken and a follow up inspection by the local authority.

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