A Luton takeaway has been prosecuted by the council for poor hygiene, cleaning and structural standards, including a mouse infestation on their premises.
The Grill Hot & Spicy Piri Piri Autentico Ltd on Leagrave Road, Luton, was closed immediately using hygiene emergency prohibition powers following a routine hygiene inspection by a food and safety officer in November 2018.
Since the closure, the limited company has carried out the necessary improvements to the premises, food handling and hygiene practices and has been awarded a food hygiene rating of four.
The Grill Hot & Spicy Piri Piri Autentico Ltd pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences at Luton Magistrates Court on Thursday 20 February 2020.
The company was fined £14,370 and Mr Mohammed Fayaz of Leagrave Road, Luton was fined £1513.75 as a director of the company. This included a surcharge of £40 and £273.75 costs.
Councillor Aslam Khan, portfolio holder for public protection, said "It is essential that food business owners take their responsibilities seriously when operating a food business and we’re pleased to see that significant improvements have been made.
"We expect good standards of cleanliness and maintenance in food premises to keep residents safe, and the majority in Luton do adhere to food hygiene regulations and do have high ratings in place. Our Friday Fives social media campaign demonstrates this, as do the ratings for food businesses on the food hygiene website.
“Any food premises and their owners face prosecution for continued non-compliance as we are ambitious for our town and its reputation, which includes great food offerings in our restaurants, takeaways and food retail outlets.”
All food businesses must have permanent, ongoing and adequate procedures in place to monitor and control pests and should use reputable pest controllers that are registered with either:
Alternatively, businesses can obtain advice and guidance and use the council’s own pest control traded service by calling 01582 546814 or emailing email@example.com.
Where a food business is found to have pest activity, it faces emergency closure and prosecution.
Customers can view the food ratings of local establishments by visiting visiting the food ratings website.