Takeaway owner banned after food hygiene breaches

Johnny Spice was investigated by Trading Standards after evidence of mouse activity and a poor standard of cleaning throughout the premises was discovered.

Kobir Ahmed, owner of Johnny Spice and director of Johnny Banqueting pleaded guilty to all four offences against him at a hearing in August at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court.

The court ordered that he must not run any food business for two years and imposed a community order requiring him to complete 180 hours of unpaid work as well as paying costs of £5,300.

For his other offences, he received a four-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, a one-month curfew for which he was tagged and monitored and a £950 fine for fly tipping.

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment at the City of Wolverhampton Council said: “Our food safety officers spent a lot of time with Mr Ahmed only for him to ignore their advice and continue to breach food hygiene regulations. It would have been significantly cheaper for this food business to have listened to our officers and had proper pest control measures in place.” 

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