Burwell takeaway hit with £20,000 fine

A Burwell takeaway has been fined £20,000 after breaching food hygiene regulations including failing to store food safely and train staff properly.

Akram Ali, owner of Spice2Burwell in North Street, pleaded guilty to ten breaches of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 at Cambridge Magistrates Court last week for both himself and the company.

Ali, 27, from Cambridge, was also ordered to pay £1,200 in court costs.

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Environmental Health Team carried out a routine inspection of the premesis in February and found a number of breaches of the food hygiene regulations.

These included unclean premises and storage facilities, failure to prepare and store food safely, failure to keep things in good repair and poor training of staff.

The takeaway also failed to have or complete the necessary food safety management records.

Liz Knox, head of environmental services at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Our officers conduct inspections of food establishments throughout the district to ensure residents can enjoy lunch, dinner or a drink safe in the knowledge that the place they are going to has the highest standards.

“When the team went to Spice2Burwell earlier this year, they found a series of breaches of the food hygiene regulations.

“For example, staff had no means of cleaning and drying their hands properly as there was no soap in the soap dispensers, the tap wasn’t maintained and the hand-dryer was broken.

“Open food was stored on greasy cardboard that could not be cleaned and food wasn’t defrosted properly. Overall standards of cleanliness and state of repair to the premises were poor.”

She added: “We take a very serious view of food safety contraventions as these could lead to an outbreak of food poisoning and a risk to public health.

“With this case, it was clear to our officers that these breaches were very serious, which is why we took immediate action and took the owner of Spice2Burwell to court.

“We hope the large fine handed out by the court will act as a suitable deterrent to other food outlets in the district to ensure they keep up the best food standards for their customers.”