Takeaway fined £20,000 after mice droppings found in food

The Taste of Khyber Restaurant and Takeaway of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham was fined £20,000 and owner Zahoor Khan, who had previously admitted 12 breaches of food hygiene regulations, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and 60 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £3,393 to the city council.

The restaurant had been inspected by environmental health officers on five occasions between September 2017 and June 2018 and on two of those occasions it was closed down due to the conditions discovered.

The first inspection took place on 4 September 2017. Officers found a number of fruit flies, mouse droppings on work surfaces where food was being prepared, mould around the plug hole of the sink, no hand drying facilities, dirty pots and a tub of sugar which had a spoon inside with a mouse dropping on top of it.

A prohibition notice was served but the premises was allowed to reopen four days later.

Two further inspections were carried out by officers during which further concerns were raised by the officers including the freezer temperature being above recommended levels.

A customer then made a complaint to the council after a mouse was seen in the premises and officers conducted an inspection on 11 April 2018. During the inspection, mice droppings were discovered on a chopping board, in a box of root ginger and in a take away container.

The premises was closed again but allowed to reopen five days later.

The fifth and final visit was made by council officers on 5 June 2018 during which EHO’s discovered the sink was in a unhygienic condition.

The restaurant remains open and staff have now undergone the relevant food hygiene training.

If you or your business are faced with an investigation or prosecution for breaching food safety or food hygiene regulations, call our specialist Regulatory Partner, James Lowe, on 07833 240400 for advice and assistance.