Disgusting photos of a dirty butcher’s shop have been released after the owners were forced to pay thousands of pounds for food hygiene offences.
Brothers Faisal Musakhel and Zabihullah Musakheil, who owned the now-closed Noor Halal Meat, which traded as Bilal Halal Meat, in Tooting, were prosecuted after council staff found the shop put the public “at serious risk of harm”.
Hygiene inspectors first found mouse droppings and urine, as well as filthy food preparation areas at the Upper Tooting Road premises during a routine visit last year, Wandsworth Council said.
There were dead mice under a packet of noodles that were being displayed in the shop, as well as below the sink in the store room.
Fresh meat was being stored above blood-stained cardboard, and there was blood encrusted on a shelf in the freezer. The tool used to push meat through the mincer was covered in mouse droppings, as was the area where meat was stored before being minced.
Both brothers pleaded guilty at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court on October 9 this year to seven offences under food hygiene and safety laws.
Zabihullah Musakheil was fined £1,270 plus a £110 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £1,000 towards the council’s prosecution costs, and Faisal Musakhel was fined £1,100 with a further £110 victim surcharge and told to pay £1,000 court costs.