THE former owner of a takeaway who was heavily fined after dead mice were found in its kitchen has now left the business, the Mail has been told.
However, despite admitting eight food hygiene offences, Sajid Mahmood could still set up another food business after a court order which would ban him from running any food premises was not implemented as he had disposed of his business and has no intention of setting up another.
The Mail paid a visit to Express Chicken, in Borough Road, Burton, and was told by staff that Mahmood no longer works there having just recently left after his court case left him £7,500 out of pocket.
Asked why a court order was not imposed on Mahmood, Councillor Julia Jessel, deputy leader for regulatory services at East Staffordshire Borough Council, which brought the prosecution, said: “In court, Mr Mahmood’s solicitor stated that he has disposed of the business and has no intention to operate a food business in the future.
“Mr Mahmood has learnt his lesson the hard way. Should he choose to operate a food business again I would hope that he would have the wisdom to seek our advice before opening for business.”
Offences included failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests, inadequate cleaning and failing to keep food at a safe temperature.
The council’s environmental health officers visited the premises on October 22, 2012 and discovered mouse droppings throughout the store room and back kitchen as well as two dead mice.
The council added that circumstances where a court-ordered ban may be appropriate include ‘repeated offences such as failure to clean or maintain equipment, blatant disregard for health risks or putting health at risk by knowingly using unsafe food.’