UK kebab shop owners fined for food hygiene breaches

The owners of a takeaway in Reigate, UK, have been hit with fines and court costs of £3,500 after breaching food health and safety rules.

The Reigate Kebab & Burger House in London Road, which has a food hygiene rating of zero out of five stars, was prosecuted by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council for "a string of serious food and health and safety offences."

The offences included allowing water to leak through a ceiling onto live electronics and storing and handling salad in a way that risked it being contaminated by raw meat.

Councillor Steve Farrer, executive member for safer communities, said, “Prosecution is always seen as a last resort, but unfortunately in this case it was brought due to the council’s previous measures failing to secure any long term improvement in food hygiene and health and safety standards. The council strives to ensure residents can expect the highest standards of food safety when eating out in the borough.”