Filthy takeaway owner fined for ignoring rat infestation

A Salford takeaway owner has been sued for failing to tackle a rat infection.

Freddy’s Chicken & Pizza, in Church Street, Eccles, was visited by a pest control contractor in September 2020 and told he needed to take action to keep pests out of the store.

However, a hearing at Salford and Manchester Magistrates’ Court today heard the takeaway was then visited on January 26, 2021, where there was still an ‘obvious’ rat infestation.

Salford Council’s environmental health officer had visited Freddy’s to carry out a routine audit but instead found rat droppings all over the site, with the room used to make the pizza dough believed to be a level “completely inappropriate” cleanliness.

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Sajid Ali pleaded guilty to three offenses of failing to keep the premises clean, failing to have adequate procedures in place to control pests and failing to implement effective monitoring procedures as part of the system. food safety management.

In magistrates court today Mr Ali, as sole director of William Fast Food Ltd, the company behind the takeaways, was fined £115 with costs of £731 £ and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

The company itself was fined £6,000.

In September 2020, rat droppings were found throughout the premises and several gaps and access points where rats could enter were identified, the court heard.

During the January inspection, it was found that the rat problem had not been resolved and the daily log to record checks and cleaning of the premises was missing.

And although a food hygiene manual was available, the procedures were not effectively implemented by Mr. Ali or his staff.

Inside Freddy's Chicken and Pizza store, Church Street, Eccles
Inside Freddy’s Chicken and Pizza store, Church Street, Eccles

Mr Ali agreed to voluntarily close the business and was allowed to reopen after all premises had been deep-cleaned, rat-proofing work completed and pest control carried out, said the tribunal.

A hygiene improvement notice was issued to the company, requiring the establishment of a documented food safety management system, which was subsequently adhered to.

Speaking after the hearing, Councilor David Lancaster, Senior Member for Environment, Neighborhoods and Community Safety, said: ‘Take-out businesses are subject to strict sanitation laws to protect the public and the vast majority of businesses in Salford understand and comply with it.

“Those who don’t, who don’t clean properly and ignore issues, will be dealt with. I hope this serves as a warning to anyone considering playing fast and loose with the law.


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