Chester takeaway fined for food hygiene offences

5 May 2017

An Indian Takeaway business in Chester, and its management, have been fined a total of £5,810 for food hygiene offences.

The Company pleaded guilty to 12 offences, under food safety and hygiene legislation concerning Bindi’s, 3 Boughton, Chester, CH3 5AE at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday 4 May 2017.

In addition, the Company Director (Mrs Hena Begum, 58) pleaded guilty to the same 12 offences, as did the Manager (Nina Begum, 31) and they were fined a total of £1,570 each.

The court heard that during an inspection at the Boughton premises officers found poor standards of cleanliness, lack of hand wash facilities, accumulating refuse (external and internal), foul water pooling in the rear yard due to blocked drains, inappropriate use of newspaper and cardboard on surfaces. In addition there was a failure to implement a documented food safety management system, which is a legal requirement to ensure the production of safe food.

In summing up, the Magistrates, after viewing photographs, expressed concern that the defendants had failed in their responsibilities to keep the premises to the required standards.

The premises ceased trading in December 2016, however, since its opening in 2014, Bindi's had not achieved a food hygiene rating score above 3 (satisfactory). It had been rated 1 on the initial inspection (major improvement necessary) which was then reduced to 0 (urgent improvement necessary) on a following visit.

Officers of the Food Safety Team guided the owners on how to comply with the legislation, but a visit in May 2016 resulted in the premises having to voluntarily close due to such poor standards of food hygiene witnessed.

As a result of the food safety offences committed; Hena and Nina Begum from Ayres Road, Old Trafford, Manchester were fined £1,200 and ordered to pay a contribution of £250 towards prosecution costs, along with a victim surcharge of £120, a total of £1,570 each.

The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a contribution of £500 towards prosecution costs along with a victim surcharge of £500, making a total payable for the individual and company of £5,810.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: "The poor standards in this restaurant could have had serious consequences for customers. We have a duty to the public and the vast majority of food establishments in Cheshire West who operate to a high standard, to take effective action where others do not make the same effort."

"Officers within our Regulatory Services Team work proactively to help business owners comply with legislation and meet hygiene standards and food safety. The safety of customers must be the top priority for any food business."

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