£5,000 court bill for boss of rat-infested Leeds chippie

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A Leeds fish and chip shop owner has been handed a court bill totalling more than £5,000 after being found guilty of a string of stomach-churning hygiene and food safety offences.

Adnan Malik, owner of Beeston Fisheries on Dewsbury Road, failed to appear last week for a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, but was fined £1,800 in his absence and ordered to pay costs of £3,355.

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A routine check by Leeds City Council’s environmental health officers in August 2013 discovered a number of issues with pests, as well as the quality and maintenance of the equipment and premises.

But initial warnings had no effect - and on a second visit days later, officers found fresh rat droppings in various parts of the shop.

The takeaway was temporarily closed while pest control measures were completed and the standards required for re-opening were met.

However with numerous offences, the council decided to prosecute.

There is simply no excuse for allowing a kitchen or food to be left in this state.

Councillor Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “There is simply no excuse for allowing a kitchen or food to be left in this state, putting customers at risk.

“We rely on reputable business owners maintaining clean premises to keep us safe and we’re grateful that environmental health officers are there to support businesses and help them achieve high standards or take action when they are found lacking.”

Leeds City Council regulates all food businesses in Leeds and environmental health officers regularly inspect restaurants, takeaways and other eateries to ensure they comply with strict food safety legislation.

The outcome of these inspections is a rating based on the Food Standard Agency’s national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

You can see ratings at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/.

Businesses can contact the food safety team at Leeds City Council for advice, and residents can contact them to report any concerns on 0113 247 6286 or food.safety@leeds.gov.uk.

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