23 Mar 2016

Greased frightening at Leeds takeaway

A takeaway found to have grease dripping down its walls has been fined for a string of food safety breaches.

Asim Hussain, who operates Shaan Pizza on Harehills Road, appeared before magistrates earlier this week.

Having pleaded guilty to three separate offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, Hussain was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £1,118 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

A routine inspection by environmental health officers in June 2015 found numerous issues with cleanliness and general conditions in all areas of the takeaway.

Officers discovered kebab meat stored on newspapers in a freezer and a dirty mop and broom stored directly next to a dough mixer, risking contamination.

Hand contact points such as light switches, handles and controls were so filthy they also risked contamination. Floors and shelves throughout the premises were dirty.

Officers noted grease had accumulated on the ventilation system and that grease was dripping down the walls in the kitchen.

Containers and utensils used to store and prepare food were dirty with one chopping knife handle held together with parcel tape and shelves in the fridge were rusty.

Officers noted that Hussain had failed to implement any kind of food safety management system.

Following the inspection, Hussain explained to magistrates that steps had been taken to clean the premises.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said:

“Reviews of restaurants or takeaways might give you an idea about the quality of food and service but they that can never be taken as an indication of cleanliness.

“It’s not until our environmental health officers get behind the scenes that we get a true picture of how your food is prepared and in some cases it’s not one any customer will want to see, hear or smell.

“Cases like this highlight just how important it is to check food hygiene ratings before you book a table or place that takeaway order.

“When the inaction of a food business renders food unfit for consumption or puts customer’s health at risk, we will always take action.”

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 247 6286 or food.safety@leeds.gov.uk.

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Leeds City Council Communications team