Takeaway owner fined

DIRTY loos, a mouldy chopping board and filthy cleaning cloths – all items on the menu of an Ipswich takeaway.Now owner Aymin Nagib has had to fork out more than £10,000 for a catalogue of food hygiene offences.

DIRTY loos, a mouldy chopping board and filthy cleaning cloths – all items on the menu of an Ipswich takeaway.

Now owner Aymin Nagib has had to fork out more than £10,000 for a catalogue of food hygiene offences.

Inspectors also found greasy deposits in the pizza oven, unclean surfaces, cobwebs in the kitchen and refuse spilling out of bags at Milano Pizzaria in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Nagib, of Norwich Road, admitted eight counts of breaching food hygiene regulations and one of obstructing an Ipswich Borough Council environmental health officer.

Nigel Innes, mitigating, said Nagib is now doing everything he can to comply with regulations.

After the case Helen Buckingham, commercial services officer for the council, said they had no choice but to take action.

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She said: "We don't necessarily like to prosecute but sometimes when businesses fail to respond to their legal obligation we have no choice.

"We have to make sure food business comply with the law so people have faith that the food they are buying is safe to eat."

Prosecutor Clive Ramsden, told South East Suffolk Magistrates the takeout had a poor hygiene history dating back to July 2001.

Checks were carried out on the premises on November last year and July this year.

Of the charges two were the most serious – relating to the way the premises were run.

An environmental officer visiting the premises in November was met with the stale smell of food.

Mr Ramsden said: "He saw refuse sacks containing food stored in the yard which were split open and the contents spilled out."

Other horrors included a broken manhole cover, food debris on the floor, and dirt and dust on the dough mixer.

During a check in July the court heard Nagib began to lose his temper and the inspector was asked to leave.

Nigel Innes mitigating, said: "He [Nagib] was somewhat naive and amateurish in running the business."

Bench chairwoman Sandra Bryant fined Nagib £2,000 for the main offence on November 19, which relates to the way the premises was being run and £5,000 for a similar offence in July 14.

He was fined £100 for obstructing the officer and ordered to pay £3,000 costs.

After the case Nagib said: "£10,000 for a bag of rubbish. That's bad isn't it?"

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