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£4,500 fine for ‘filthy’ takeaway

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A Calderdale takeaway has been handed a hefty fine after inspectors found the premises to have poor food hygiene which was putting people’s health at risk.

Calderdale Council Environmental Health officers visited the Seraj Takeaway, at Bull Close Lane, Halifax, and identified a number of serious food hygiene offences.

At Halifax Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 23rd April, Mr Mohammed Nazir, the owner of the takeaway was prosecuted by Calderdale Council for offences identified on two visits by officers on 28th February 2013, 4th April 2013 and a subsequent visit on 2nd May 2013.

FILTHY: The Seraj Takeaway, in Halifax, was fined for its ‘filthy premises’ which put customer’s health at risk

FILTHY: The Seraj Takeaway, in Halifax, was fined for its ‘filthy premises’ which put customer’s health at risk

The court was told that Mr Nazir had been advised and directed to improve on many visits, yet on the unannounced visit on 2nd May 2013, officers had to dispose of a large amount of food from the premises in order to protect potential customers.

Despite further direction and instruction given to Mr Nazir, the second and third inspections identified that conditions had not improved.

Mr Nazir was charged with 16 offences, and fined a total of £4,500 – £500 for failing to keep food at the appropriate temperatures, £1,500 for placing foods at a risk of contamination, £1,000 for having filthy premises, £1,000 for failing to maintain a food safety management system and £500 for food handlers failing to ensure personal hygiene.

He was also ordered to pay full costs to the council of £1,974 and a victim surcharge of £120.

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