Manchester City Council

Takeaway owner fined £1,000 after discovery of mouse droppings behind counter

Mouse droppings found near food containers.

A take away restaurant where mouse droppings were found next to food containers has been fined £1,000 for breaching food safety laws.

The successful prosecution of the owner of Desi Point, in Bury New Road, follows an investigation by Manchester City Council Environmental Health Officers.

At the end of January Chaudhry Mohammed Iqbal, 60, of Broughville Drive, Manchester, went before Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court charged with three offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013.

The offences stem from an inspection which took place in June 2017. Council officers found evidence of a rodent activity and faeces underneath the restaurant’s front counter where food containers were stored. Evidence of poor cleaning practices was discovered, as well as food debris and grease found underneath work surfaces and appliances.

When environmental health officers made these discoveries they were there to check on recommended improvements, following an earlier less than satisfactory inspection.

Subsequently the owner agreed to shut the premises voluntarily in order to make improvements. It was closed for six days, between June 13 and June 19, 2017.

Standards at Desi Point have since vastly improved, with the restaurant having been granted a three-star food hygiene rating.

On January 29 Iqbal pleaded guilty to the charges made against him, and was fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £1,630 to Manchester City Council, and a victim surcharge of £60.

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The fact that this takeaway needed to close down in order to fully rectify the problems identified by our officers illustrates the seriousness of the offences.
To find mouse droppings inches away from food containers is frankly disgusting and I believe the owner should see this as a lesson on the consequences of not adhering to food hygiene laws which are, at the end of the day, there for a very good reason.
You’d be hard pressed to find a person in Manchester who doesn’t enjoy a curry, and I hope this reassures the public that Manchester City Council can and will ensure restaurants and takeaways are held to the highest of standards.”

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