It was supposed to be a routine hygiene inspection, instead it has led to a fine of £9600 and the restaurant having to close voluntarily. Desi Roti and Khana, in Cape Hill, Smethwick was found to be the home to rodents during the routine inspection.
And last Thursday owner Abid Hussain admitted four food hygiene charges and was fined at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.
Hussain pleaded guilty to the following charges:
Failing to keep a food premises clean
Failure to protect food against contamination
Failure to have adequate procedures in place to control pests
Failure to implement and maintain a food safety management.
Abid Hussain was fined £2,000 for each of the offences and told to pay a victim surcharge of £170 as well as full costs to Sandwell Council of £1,439.59. Hussain has 14 days to pay the fine in full or face a collection order.
The takeaway, on the corner of the A4092 and Montague Road, closed voluntary after the Sandwell Environmental Health inspection on October 9 last year.
Councillor Elaine Costigan, the cabinet member for public health and protection at Sandwell Council, said: “Sandwell Council always takes food hygiene matters very seriously.
“We do work to support food businesses but in this instance, officers had no alternative but to take enforcement action because of the imminent risk of heath to the public.
“We welcome this sentence and hope that it acts as a deterrent to other food businesses that do not manage their businesses in compliance with the law.”