Takeaway owner handed fine by court

THE owner of a fast food outlet has appeared in court after he ‘failed to maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness’ and ‘failed to identify the need to undertake adequate cleaning’.

Environmental health inspectors found Ibrahim’s Tasty Bites, in Hawthorn Road, Bognor Regis, failed to reach ‘adequate’ standards. The food outlet is run by Mohammed Noor, a Bognor resident.

Speaking at Chichester Magistrate’s Court on April 22, William Emmerson, prosecuting, said: “There was cross contamination with raw food and a lack of staff training.

“The wash hand basin had not been used to wash hands. There was not soap or hand drying facilities at the wash basin. Raw chicken was being defrosted in a bucket on the draining board.”

Reece Evans, representing Mr Noor, told the court: “There has been some form of language barrier as Mr Noor is Bengali. He can’t read the notices. This has been a problem and I ask you to take this into consideration.”

Mr Evans explained to the court Mr Noor’s and his staff had recently attended a Bengali food hygiene course at Chichester District Council.

Reece Evans said: “Things will now start to improve. He has put money in to making the changes and receiving the training.”

Mr Noor, who is also a taxi driver, apologised and promised to improve his standards. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2,710 for five counts of failing to comply with regulations.