Leeds takeaway fined over dirty equipment

Dirty equipment at Sky Pizza Bar in Hunslet
Dirty equipment at Sky Pizza Bar in Hunslet

The owner of a pizza bar in Leeds has appeared in court after his premises were found to be in a dirty state.

Ansar Ali was ordered to pay over £4,800 after the food hygiene breaches were discovered at Sky Pizza Bar on Dewsbury Road, Hunslet.

Five breaches of food hygiene laws were discovered

Five breaches of food hygiene laws were discovered

An inspection by Leeds City Council's environmental health team found that Mr Ali had failed to protect food from possible contamination, not provided adequate hand washing facilities, failed to keep the premises and equipment clean and failed to use written food safety procedures.

He pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court and was given a £3,000 fine, costs of £1642.40 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and sustainability, said:

“It is absolutely vital that owners of restaurant, takeaways and all food premises in Leeds ensure that they are complying fully with food safety legislation. A failure to do so could potentially result in terrible consequences for the general public, which is why we will always take action against any owners that are not abiding by the appropriate food safety laws such as in this case.”

Leeds City Council regulates all food businesses in Leeds and environmental health officers regularly inspect restaurants, takeaways and shops 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 check ratings at http://ratings.food.gov.uk/.

Businesses can contact the food safety team at Leeds City Council for advice and residents can report any concerns on 0113 378 5900 or food.safety@leeds.gov.uk.