Takeaway owner fined over £5,000 after 12 breaches of food safety regulations
15:30 14 September 2016
An unannounced inspection of the premises was carried out in December last year
An Orpington takeaway owner has been fined more than £5,000 after being found guilty of 12 breaches of food hygiene regulations.
An inspection of Morley’s Fried Chicken on Carlton parade revealed that staff responsible for handling food were not properly trained, leading to inadequate food hygiene practices.
The council’s food safety officers also found that there was no lighting, hot water, soap or paper towel in the toilet, and rubbish was not being stored properly.
In addition, equipment and structural fittings were not being cleaned and maintained in good repair and condition, and there was no documented food safety management system or monitoring records in place.
Owner Ramanan Selvaratnam was fined a total of £5,280 and ordered to pay £3,839 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to 12 charges under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations at a hearing at Bromley Magistrates Court on August 10.
Executive councillor for Public Protection and Safety Kate Lymer commented: “We will take action to protect Bromley’s consumers and this prosecution and sentence gives a very strong message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Bromley’s Food Safety Officers routinely inspect some 2000 premises across the borough to ensure that they are well run and that customers are protected from poor hygiene practices. They give guidance and advice to help businesses improve but will not hesitate to take strong action where they attempt to operate outside the law.”