A Kidderminster balti house that was temporarily closed down by food inspectors after the discovery of a cockroach infestation has been fined £20,000 by magistrates.
Kidderminster Magistrates fined owners of the Paradise Balti House in Lower Mill Street at a sentencing session on Friday (9 February 2018).
The company – and director Mr Nazir Hussain had pleaded guilty to five breaches of food hygiene legislation at a previous hearing on 12 January 2018.
Prosecuting on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council, Nina Dorrell told the court that food inspectors were alerted by a customer who spotted cockroaches in the restaurant in September 2016.
Officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services subsequently visited the premises and discovered an infestation as well as other serious problems, including a lack of hot water on the premises. They immediately closed the business in the interests of public safety to give the owners the opportunity to address all of the issues identified during the inspection.
Further visits to the premises were carried out by officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services to monitor the work the restaurant was doing to eradicate the problems. Officers allowed the premises to reopen in October 2016, when they were satisfied there was no longer an imminent health risk.
The company was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay a £170.00 victim surcharge. Mr Hussain was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge. The defendants were also ordered to pay costs of £3,088.92.
Councillor Juliet Smith, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said:
“The level of the fine imposed by the court reflects the severity of the offences. This sends a clear message to other food businesses that we will not tolerate businesses who flout food hygiene rules. We want residents and visitors to the district to feel comfortable in the knowledge they are eating food that is being stored and prepared in a safe and hygienic way.
More information about food safety and hygiene is available from food section of Worcestesrhire Regulatory Services website www.worcsregservices.gov.uk/foodhealth