UK owner of Indian restaurant fined for food safety offences

The owner of an Indian takeaway was fined £2,000 by magistrates after pleading guilty to a string of food safety offences.

Barakah Indian in Railway Terrace, RugbyTufail Khan, owner of Barakah Indian in Railway Terrace, Rugby, was first warned about the state of the kitchen in February when a council food safety officer carried out a routine inspection.

The kitchen’s sink and freezer were dirty, cobwebs and a broken pane were found in a window, wall tiles were missing and broken, and the wash basin in the staff toilet had no running hot water.

Drops of blood were on the kitchen floor, the waste pipe from the main sink was cracked and leaking dirty water on to the floor, wall tiles were still missing and the window pane remained broken.

In addition, records of the kitchen’s food safety management system were unavailable for inspection and the daily diary for food safety checks was blank – suggesting no checks had been carried out.

At a hearing at Nuneaton’s Warwickshire Justice Centre on Monday, Khan pleaded guilty to four offences under the Food Safety Act 1990.

In mitigation, 34-year-old Khan said following the inspection in February he had contacted a builder to make improvements to the kitchen, but the builder had been unable to carry out the work until a week after the follow-up inspection in April.

The court heard the improvements outlined in the council’s warning letter in February had now been made to the takeaway’s kitchen.

Magistrates fined Khan £500 for each offence and ordered him to pay £500 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.