Published 8 June 2012
A company director found breaching food hygiene regulations was ordered to pay more than £8000 following an investigation by Ealing Council.
Mr Nuh Sheikh, 61, director of Dahab Grocery Limited, at Featherstone Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on 25 May 2012 to plead guilty to six charges.
For each of the six offences Mr Sheikh was fined £1000, and was ordered to pay £2537.65 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £15, totalling £8552.65.
Ealing Councils food hygiene inspectors visited Dahab Grocery Limited last November, which had been sub-divided into a retail shop, butchers and cafe. They found evidence of rat and mouse infestations, outdated cleaning and temperature logs, no evidence of hygiene training for the food handler and general filth throughout the entire premises.
Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said: Our food safety laws are in place to protect the health of the public and violating these is a very serious offence. We will continue to do everything in our power to make sure these rules are followed.
Mr Sheikh had been in business for seven years, with no prior history of infringements. Following a second visit from the inspectors in November 2011, the business hygiene and food handling standards had improved and the premises was allowed to re-open.