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Chip shop ‘was in a filthy state’

A CHIP shop owner has been fined, after his Hall Green business was found in a filthy condition.

A CHIP shop owner has been fined, after his Hall Green business was found in a filthy condition.

Arshad Ghani, 41, who ran Hajee’s Chip Shop, in Stratford Road must pay £6,000 - and an extra £1,105 in costs - after five food hygiene offences.

When Environmental Health visited in May last year, they found mouse-droppings on the floor, work surfaces, serving area and under the kebab stand.

In the kitchen, inspectors found poor levels of cleaning and there were dead cockroaches in one of the storerooms.

Food was being stored in dirty containers, utensils were dirty and raw meat was being kept in the fridge - above some uncovered relish.

Last Friday Ghani pleaded guilty to the offences at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Julia Kettle, prosecuting, said the business had been immediately shut down by inspectors.

It was only re-opened when the officers made another visit and were satisfied that the take-away was up to standard.

John McCormack, defending, said that Ghani had been running the shop for two years and had frequently called in pest control.

A week after the first-inspection, the owner had got it up to standard.

Councillor Neil Eustace, chairman of Birmingham City Council’s public protection committee, said: “I am pleased to see that Mr Ghani has received such a substantial fine from the court. He had no regard for the health and wellbeing of his customers,” he said.

It’s understood that Ghani sold the chip shop last August.

 

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