Not a cheap skate - fish and chip shop lands £2.5k court bill

Date: 12 Jun, 2017

5355_Not_a_cheap_skate_fish_and_chip_shop_lands_2.5k_court_billDead flies floating on pineapple ring juice landed a Stafford takeaway with a £2.5k court bill.

Magistrates heard that flies were also breeding in the food waste near the potato chipping machine at the Stafford Chippy on the town’s Foregate Street.

The fish and chips shop is owned by wife and husband team, Bejal, and Pratul Kumar, Patel. They admitted charges of not ensuring food was protected from contamination and failing to control pests in the food storage - with the court hearing there was a ‘significant infestation of drain flies.’

Magistrates in Newcastle fined them £800, and ordered them to pay costs of £1,673.88 and a victim surcharge of £80 last week.

The offences were discovered following a routine inspection by Stafford Borough Council on 11 October last year. The court was told the couple voluntarily closed the premises that day - and reopened two days later after carrying out the ‘relevant’ cleaning.

Magistrates heard that they had now been given a three out of five ‘satisfactory’ rating following their last inspection by the local authority.

Following the case, Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at the Borough Council, said: “I hope this sends a message to takeaways, restaurants and other food businesses that if they do not keep their premises up to scratch then they will face prosecution - or even closure.

“One of our top priorities is the health and wellbeing of our residents and we want to avoid people becoming ill, following a meal out, because the standards of hygiene have fallen below what is acceptable.”

Around 900 businesses in the Borough - which is nearly 69% - have the highest score on the food rating scheme. Information on all eating out places across Stafford Borough can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings

Press Release No 5355

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