A TAKEAWAY has been shut down after food safety officers uncovered a rodent infestation.
Chester businessman Hasan Gazi, owner of the Delight takeaway on Rossmore Road West in Ellesmere Port, admitted breaching food hygiene regulations when he appeared at West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court.
Gazi, of Woodfield House in Kingsway, Plas Newton, pleaded guilty to four charges including failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests, failure to ensure that the construction of the premises promoted good hygiene practices, particularly pest control, and failure to ensure that the premises were kept clean and to ensure that the ceiling was installed correctly.
Magistrates heard that Cheshire West and Chester Council food safety officers found the infestation.
Officers discovered evidence of rodent activity which had been present for some time without any action being taken to eradicate the pests.
They also found generally poor standards of cleanliness and some structural defects to the ceiling of the takeaway.
Gazi was given a conditional discharge but ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
The court was told he had voluntarily agreed to close his business immediately for a thorough ‘deep clean’.
A professional pest company was allowed to examine the premises and implement the necessary eradication programme.
Subsequent monitoring visits to the takeaway were carried out by food safety officers to ensure improvements were maintained and that the business complied with the regulations.
Speaking after the hearing, a council spokesman said: “Food businesses must comply with the regulations and seek professional help and advice when necessary.
“This authority will treat any failure to meet standards – and consequently put the general public’s health at risk – very seriously indeed.”