Ingoldmells takeaway owner fined for poor food hygiene and “dirty” work surfaces

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The owner of an Ingoldmells takeaway has been fined over £6,000 for numerous food hygiene offences after being caught by council food safety officers.

Mohammed Ejaz, the proprietor of Oceana takeaway, pleaded guilty to seven food safety offences including failure to keep the premise and equipment clean and failure to control food safety hazards.

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court imposed a fine of £1750 and required Ejaz to pay £4676 in costs, plus a victim surcharge of £25 on September 19.

Upon visiting the premises, food safety officers from East Lindsey District Council found dirty surfaces and equipment, rusty pizza trays and microwave; and badly scored chopping boards.

Those handling food were not wearing protective clothing and documented food safety procedures were not available.

East Lindsey District Council’s environmental health manager, Mike Harrison, said: “Poor food hygiene is unacceptable and the council will take action against any food business that falls short of the required food hygiene standards.

“In this case the owner of Oceana takeaway in Ingoldmells was failing in his duty to ensure the food preparation area was clean, with equipment, floors, walls and work surfaces throughout the premises dirty.”

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