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False ID costs Food Trader more than £6800

PUBLISHED: 12:13 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:13 01 May 2015

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Restaurant was found to have hygiene failings

A restauranteur has been hit with a bill of nearly £7,000 after lying about his identity.

The owner of Angel Restaurant in Penge, adik Gunduz pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates on March 25 to 10 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene England Regulations 2013 and was fined £1000 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £5846 plus the surcharge of £20.

One of the Council’s Food Safety Officers visited Angel Restaurant on the High Street in July 2014 to carry out a routine inspection. Serious hygiene failings were identified and the operator gave false and misleading information when he was asked to identify himself.

Mr Gunduz pretended to be the owner’s cousin saying that the real owner was in Turkey due to health problems and he was only the manager.

Mr Gunduz continued to use the false identity when he attended a formal interview at the Council’s offices where he also provided a false date of birth. Officers’ suspicions were aroused when it came to light that similar reasons for the owner’s absence had been used during previous visits by food safety inspectors.

After a detailed investigation by the Food Safety officer, with the help of police, his true identity was discovered.

He was the business owner and his real name was Sadik Gunduz. He pretended he was not the owner and gave false information to attempt to avoid being held responsible for the poor conditions at the restaurant. He was also obstructing the officer from being able to take proper legal action to secure improvements.

Head of Food Safety for Bromley council Paul Lehane said: “Business owners must take responsibility for the lawful running of their businesses. Restaurants have a duty to their customers to provide food safely and hygienically.

“There are some 2,000 food businesses in Bromley and the council’s food team is responsible for ensuring that they comply with the law, we will always take action where there are failings.”

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