Mr Matiz Ali and Mr Choudhry Shoaib-Ur-Raza, have been served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order for their takeaway Kirkby Balti House at Kirkby in Ashfield.
On Monday 19 June 2017, an inspection of Kirkby Balti House, 27 Kingsway, Kirkby in Ashfield, was carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Ashfield District Council; revealing a host of food safety, hygiene and health and safety issues.
The officers were of the opinion that there was a serious risk of cross contamination from the equipment and the processes undertaken by the food handlers. The Environmental Health Team therefore served Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notices on both men.
Following the issuing of the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notices, an application was listed at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Thursday 22 June for Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Orders to be made. The application for the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Orders were granted by the District Judge and Mr Ali and Shoaib-Ur-Raza were each issued with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO).
The order was granted due to the risk of harm caused by poor hygiene standards at the business including lack of adequate separation between raw and ready-to-eat foods, inadequate cleaning of equipment/premises and inadequate disinfection procedures.
As well as this, poor personal hygiene particularly hand washing and handling practice, insufficient management controls and a lack of training and knowledge in food safety.
Cllr. Nicolle Ndiweni, Ashfield District Council portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “Food hygiene is of utmost importance and breaches can potentially lead to severe harm for the public. Preparing food in a dirty environment is not just bad practice, it can lead to serious illness or even death”.
The Commercial Food Team officers will now continue to work with the food business operators to ensure future compliance of food hygiene regulations.