Sheepish butcher Mr Meat prosecuted over poor food hygiene
PUBLISHED: 16:48 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:56 13 November 2015
Total fines of £2,200 were imposed
Two men involved with a Penge butcher and grocery store have been prosecuted by Bromley food safety officers for extremely poor food safety and hygiene conditions.
Zia Mohammed and Farid Shahabzai pleaded guilty to the food hygiene, food safety offences related to their involvement with Mr Meat at 133 High Street, Penge.
The offences were discovered during a routine inspection in December 2014 and brought before Bromley Magistrates Court on July 15 with sentencing taking place on September 8.
Total fines of £2,200 were imposed, with £80 victim surcharge and £6,000 in costs to the council, apportioned to reflect the level of responsibility of each of the men for the offences and the operation of the food business.
The men were also prosecuted for obstructing the council’s officers during their investigation by failing to provide information about the operation of the food business or any personal details, making it difficult for the necessary inspections to be completed and to ascertain who was responsible for running the business.
Cllr Kate Lymer, executive member for public protection and safety, said: “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 support to help businesses improve but will not hesitate to take strong action where they attempt to operate outside the law.”