The owners of an Indian restaurant in Chester city centre have been fined £7,024 for food hygiene offences.
Jafor Malik, 25, and Mafuz Malik, 56, pleaded guilty to 10 offences under food safety and hygiene legislation concerning Javed Tandoori when they appeared at Chester Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday).
The court heard that during an inspection at the Lower Bridge Street premises in January 2015, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s food safety officers found there to be dirty conditions in the kitchen, poor food hygiene practices, poor personal hygiene practices, poor structural conditions and no documented food safety management system.
It was also noted that no hand soap was present for staff to wash their hands in the food preparation area.
As a result of the food safety offences committed each defendant, from Vincent Close, Warrington, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,392 along with a a court surcharge of £120.
Cabinet member for environment and communities councillor Mark Henesy said: “This food business was being operated in an unhygienic manner and the owner failed to carry out procedures to minimise the risks to food safety. The poor standards in this restaurant could have had serious consequences to customers.
“The vast majority of food establishments in Cheshire West operate to a high standard and serve their customers well. We have a duty to them and to the public to take effective action where others do not make the same effort.”