The former owner of a Tewkesbury take-away was, yesterday (1 August, 2016), ordered to pay £1650 in fines, as well as £1,000 in costs after Cheltenham Magistrate's Court found him guilty of five serious food safety and hygiene offences.
Ali Grami from Walton Cardiff was the property owner and business operator of Peri-Passion, 2 Church Street, at the time of the offences. He was prosecuted by Tewkesbury Borough Council following an inspection and a subsequent investigation by environmental health officers.
Lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: "This shows how seriously we regard the safety of our residents and visitors to the borough. I am grateful to our environmental health offices for helping bringing this case to court and for their vigilance and professionalism. Thankfully, cases like this are rare but nonetheless, food safety and hygiene offences are extremely serious and I'm glad the court had reflected this in the sentence given today."
Mr Grami was found guilty of failing to:
Keep his food premises clean and maintained in good repair and condition when he was the food business operator.
Keep articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact effectively cleaned (and, where necessary, disinfected) at the premises.
Provide washbasins with hot running water for cleaning hands, materials for cleaning hands and for failing to provide hygienic drying at the premises
Keep the drainage facility adequately covered to avoid the risk of contamination at the premises.
Implement and maintain a permanent procedures based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) at the premises.
Mr Grami was also on trial for failing to dispose of waste properly, but was found not guilty.