Former Polesworth restaurant owner fined for filthy kitchens

April 26, 2015

THE formwr owner of a restaurant in Polesworth has been fined £1,170 at Nuneaton Magistrates Court for a catalogue of food hygiene offences.

Mr Hifzul Ahmed of the Indigo Lounge on Market Street in Polesworth was found guilty of seven offences, including mould in the cold store, dirty sinks, broken food containers, a damaged tandoori oven and no food labelling or date checking system.

During the routine inspection in 2014, the Borough Council’s Food Hygiene Inspector also discovered that a broken bead door curtain was being used as a flyscreen, the door was left open and the insectocutor (flykiller) was dirty and full of dead insects.

Despite offering Mr Ahmed advice on how to improve the situation, two further visits found that the owner had not carried out the works. Mr Ahmed was invited to be interviewed under caution on two separate occasions and failed to attend.

Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council said: “These offences were a flagrant breach of the law and could have seriously endangered the health of the customers dining at The Indigo Lounge. All the offences could have been easily avoided without the need for detailed technical knowledge or financial investment, if the owner had simply followed our advice. “

It is understood that the ownership of the restaurant has since changed hands and it is now under new management.

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