Former Irchester restaurant owner guilty of food hygiene offences

Cross contamination at a restaurant in Irchester
Cross contamination at a restaurant in Irchester

The former owner of an Irchester restaurant has been prosecuted after council officers discovered dirty surfaces and equipment, cross-contamination and untrained staff.

Mohammed Miah pleaded guilty to 10 food hygiene offences at Corby Magistrates Court last week and was ordered to pay just over £3,000.

During a routine inspection in October 2013, environmental health officers from Wellingborough Council found the filthy conditions, which were so bad they believed there was an imminent health risk to the public.

The risk was so significant and the general conditions so poor that the restaurant was closed temporarily and the owner prosecuted.

Miah appeared in court on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and pleaded guilty to 10 charges. Although he has now sold the lease of the premises and has relinquished his involvement in the business, the court fined him a total of £1,000, plus £2,000 towards the council’s costs, and a £20 victim surcharge.

Amanda Wilcox, Wellingborough Council’s health protection manager, said: “Our officers found appalling conditions when they inspected this restaurant. The whole place was filthy. Food prepared and stored on site wasn’t protected from cross-contamination, and staff left to manage the premises had not been trained in food hygiene. The structure of the restaurant was also poor, with numerous points of access for pests.

“We work informally with businesses where possible to make sure high standards are maintained. In this case we had visited the restaurant on a number of occasions to try and get them to comply with regulations. But when considerable failings are found that significantly risk public health, we won’t hesitate to take enforcement action.

“These offences were particularly serious. The public’s safety is our chief concern and we will do whatever is necessary to make sure people have peace of mind when eating out.”

A new proprietor is now running the restaurant and the council has no concerns at present with the new management.