August 2019 Click to get info
The owners of a Leyton-based wholesalers were given a £25,000 fine after Waltham Forest Council food safety officers found serious failings that could have endangered the health of customers.
Officers visited Jumbo UK Ltd, Unit 6 - 9 Lea Valley Business Park, 2-3 Lammas Road, Leyton, E10 7QU, and immediately shut the premises due to filthy, unhygienic storage conditions and active pest infestations.
On Thursday 25 July 2019 the case was heard at Thames Magistrates Court where Jumbo UK and its directors Hassam and Chady Krayem had entered guilty pleas. Despite trying to claim in mitigation that an employee responsible for pest control at the store had left without notice, the court found the defendants wholly liable. They were fined a total of £25,000, with an additional victim surcharge of £180 and costs of £1,000 awarded to the council.
Fly-tipping costs culprits
Neighbourhood Officers investigated this rubbish dumped on Harbet Road, Chingford, and discovered evidence that led to the culprit being identified. The guilty party paid an out-of-court settlement of £1000 in early August 2019.
July 2019 Click to get info
An outbreak of suspected food poisoning led to the closure of Leyton-based restaurant Lagos Island.
Officers started to receive complaints on Monday 8 July after guests who had attended a function at the venue started to experience illness and symptoms of food poisoning. Officers visited the premises the next day, Tuesday 9 July, and found out-of-date food that had not been stored correctly in the filthy kitchen, alongside an active mouse infestation.
On Thursday 11 July Thames Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO) and awarded the council costs of £1,980.00. The magistrates also granted a Food Condemnation Notice to destroy the rotten food that was found at the restaurant.
June 2019 Click to get info
The Hallz Delight Nature Hut, Unit 6, 100 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3HX was closed on Tuesday 4 June 2019 after a routine visit identified the poor structure of the premises as a potential risk to public health. Officers discovered that the kitchen was open to the outside environment, which could have resulted in contamination of food. Additionally, the business did not have a hot water supply.
On Friday 14 June, Thames Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO) and awarded the council costs of £835.00.
The next week, officers visited Master Halal Meat, 131 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7DB, on Tuesday 11 June where they found an active mouse infestation in the premises, close to where meat was being prepared for sale. They immediately closed the business using HEPO powers, confirmed at hearing at Thames Magistrates Court on Tuesday 18 June where costs of £1,054.57 were awarded to the council.
In the final case officers closed the China House takeaway, 795 High Road Leyton, London, E10 7AA, on Wednesday 19 June after finding rats and flies infesting the premises, alongside very poor standards of cleaning and repair. They also found food being stored outside of temperature control, which could have led to it becoming spoiled. Costs of £748.00 were awarded to the council at a hearing at Thames Magistrates Court on Tuesday 29 June.