The council’s Food Safety Officers work hard to keep consumers safe from unhygienic food businesses who may put public health at risk – and the team have started 2019 on the front foot with some notable successes.
A large quantity of meat was been seized and destroyed by Food Safety Officers after the shop offering it for sale was unable to prove where it had come from. On Tuesday 8 January, officers visited Oana & Andrei - Magazin Romanesc, 71 High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 7DB where they found items including whole partridge, pheasant, and deer carcasses offered for sale alongside frozen steaks, sausages, and fillets. The owners were unable to prove from where the meat had been sourced and the items were seized. Thames Magistrates’ Court ordered that the food be destroyed and awarded the council costs of £1056.00.
The team then closed Salim Caterers, 90 Palmerston Road, E17 6PZ, after evidence of a mice infestation, including rodent skeletons, was discovered in the kitchen. The closure was confirmed by the magistrates on Friday 25 January and costs of £806.00 were awarded to the council.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Time and time again officers have taken proactive steps to keep consumers safe by taking action against owners of food businesses who do not take their responsibilities seriously. By not keeping their premises clean and storing food safely they endanger the health of their customers – and they also endanger their livelihoods and reputations.
“Shopper and diners can check the food hygiene rating of any restaurant or food business by using the Food Standards Agency’s online food hygiene rating tool before they eat. It only takes one minute – please do use this tool and support businesses who do things the right way.”
Finally, the council successfully prosecuted Al Nasar Kebabish Ltd and its director Mr Mohammed Kabeer for a series of food safety breaches at the former Al Nasar Kebabish, 139 High Road, Leyton. They were each fined £2000 and the council was awarded costs of £1558.17 from both, totalling £7456.34 when fines and costs were combined.
The Food Standards Agency’s online hygiene check tool can be found at ratings.food.gov.uk