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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.

£5,000 fine

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146 items of food totalling 883 days beyond their marked use by dates discovered

A convenience store has been slapped with a fine over £5,000, after officers paid them a visit following a tip-off that it was selling banned vodka.

A complaint about East Euro Food Centre on Whetley Lane, Bradford led inspectors to carry out some investigations into the products that the shop was selling.

At the time officers found 23 bottles of a product branded as ‘Redwood Vodka’, found to not be vodka. In addition to this, also found were 146 items of food totalling 883 days beyond their marked use by dates and numerous food items found to not be labelled in English.

Bradford Magistrates court imposed a fine of £2,200, costs of £2,856 and victim surcharge of £220 against East Euro Food Centre.

The store, owned by Shirazi Cash & Carry Ltd was fined £1,100 plus £110 victim surcharge and £1,428 costs. The director of the company; Esmaeil Rajabie was fined £1,100 plus £110 victim surcharge and £1,428 costs.

The vodka was analysed by the Public Analyst and found to not be the substance demanded. The ‘Redwood Vodka’ was found to contain isopropanol and tertiary butanol, neither of which are found in alcohol of agricultural origin. It was also found to be 4.5 per cent below the required minimum strength for vodka.

Food displayed for sale should bear a “use by” or a “best before” date. Food bearing a ‘use by’ date presents a severe risk to human health if consumed beyond the marked date so it is vital shops carry out regular checks to remove out of date food from sale. In order to protect human health it is an offence to sell food beyond the marked ‘use by’ date.

At Bradford Magistrates, Mr Rajabie, in his mitigation stated that some of the blame had to be put on his suppliers for supplying the store with short date goods products not labelled in English. However he accepted that as the owner of the shop it was their responsibility to ensure that all goods sold were legitimate.

David Lodge, head of Trading Standards in West Yorkshire, said: “Due to the number of days the food was found past its use by date, it is clear stock was not regularly checked.

“Items not labelled in English also makes it impossible for a vast number of customers to know what is in the food that they are purchasing. This could have dire consequences if allergens are present. Describing a product as one thing, as in this case vodka and supplying something that isn’t that product is not only misleading, but could pose consequences to public health.”

Mr Ahmandreza Zaraie, the manager of the store who it is alleged was responsible for the purchase of the vodka is due to appear at court in June 2014.

Asiana Airlines fined $500,000

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US regulators have fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 (£300,000) for failing to help victims of a flight crash last year at San Francisco's airport.

Three people died and dozens were injured when Asiana Flight 214 crashed on 6th July 2012.

The Department of Transportation said Asiana took up to five days to notify the families of all 291 passengers.

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Regulators also said the carrier lacked translators and trained crash staff.

It is the first time an airline has ever been fined by regulators for failing to obey a 1997 US law that mandates prompt assistance to the families of crash victims.

"In the very rare event of a crash, airlines have a responsibility to provide their full support to help passengers and their families by following all the elements of their family assistance plans," said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

"The last thing families and passengers should have to worry about at such a stressful time is how to get information from their carrier."

Officials said the Korea-based airline took five days to send all necessary personnel to San Francisco to deal with the emergency.

They also said that for at least 24 hours after the crash, Asiana failed to provide a number of families with opportunity to call and find out more information about the incident.

When family members eventually were able to call, they were initially routed to a reservations line rather than a crisis hotline.

The Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco's international airport after the plane came in too low and hit a sea wall.

The plane's pilot later said he was worried he hadn't had enough training to properly land the plane without the assistance of the instrument landing system, which was out of service for repairs at the time.