Poor hygiene lands kebab shop with heavy costs and fines
15 December 2017
Two operators of a kebab shop have been served up heavy costs and fines for failing hygiene standards after visits by enforcement officers from Cheshire East Council.
Environmental health officers from the council visited Macclesfield Town Kebab House in Sunderland Street, Macclesfield on a number of occasions between March and May 2017.
The two men who run the outlet appeared at Crewe Magistrates Court on December 7, where they pleaded guilty to offences under food hygiene regulations.
Ramazan Aydogan and Hakan Ikiz were each fined £667 for failing to implement a permanent procedure or procedures to ensure food hygiene safety. They were also ordered to pay £872.50 each in costs plus a £67 victim surcharge, totalling £1,606.50 for each defendant.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “It is disappointing that some food outlet operators don’t get the message. Customers should not be exposed to unnecessary health risks.
“Cheshire East Council will prosecute food outlet operators who endanger the health of their customers and our residents. We would urge all food outlet operators to make sure their operating procedures meet the regulations and are of the right standards.”
The council’s environmental health officers found that fittings and equipment were not effectively cleaned and hand washing facilities not adequately maintained. The two defendants admitted four failures under hygiene legislation – that they failed to ensure food equipment and premises were in good order and repair, equipment was not effectively cleaned and disinfected, poor standards of food handling practices and failure to maintain adequate hand-washing facilities.
The case is the second successful prosecution by the council in less than a month. In November, the operator of a different fast food outlet in Macclesfield was fined £1,340 with more than £1,600 in costs for food hygiene offences.