Takeaway closed due to hygiene concerns

Environmental health officers have taken urgent action to close a Leeds takeaway due to serious concerns about cleanliness and public health.

Upon inspection earlier this month, officers found evidence of rats as well as housekeeping and hygiene issues in RFC at 11a Cherry Row. A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was served forcing the business to close.

The council has now applied for and been granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order at Leeds Magistrates Court. The order means that the takeaway must remain closed until officers are satisfied that the risk to public health has been removed.

Officers have been working with the business owner to bring hygiene and food safety standards up since an original inspection in July 2014 raised concerns.

A follow-up inspection earlier this month indicated that general hygiene had not improved and rat droppings were found on surfaces, in equipment and food handling areas as well as food display areas.

Business owners must now take action to resolve the issues. Only once environmental health officers are satisfied that there is no longer a risk to public health will they issue a certificate that states the health risk condition no longer exists and the business re-open.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said:

“While we don’t like closing businesses, clearly this business can’t continue to trade whilst there is such risk to public health.

“Environmental health officers are our eyes and ears behind the scenes in kitchens across the city, ensuring businesses comply with food safety legislation and helping them to improve standards. Customers of these businesses can access the results of the officer’s hard work through the food hygiene rating scheme.

“Customers can also rest assured in the knowledge that where a business falls short of the required standards, then we will quickly take action.”

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.

Potential customers can check how clean their chosen eatery is by viewing 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.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk