Takeaway fined over £ 3,000 for cockroach infestation

A takeaway owner was fined thousands of pounds after a cockroach infestation was discovered in the venue.

The owner of Shawarma Town on Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, Mr S. Rashid, has been prosecuted by the Grimsby Magistrates Court and sentenced to £ 3,437 in fines and costs.

Allegations included failure to ensure that appropriate pest control practices were in place; failure to ensure that items and equipment in contact with food have been effectively cleaned and disinfected; and failure to protect food from contamination that could render the food unsuitable and / or harmful.

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North Lincolnshire Council stated that “the health of the Scunthorpe residents” is now being protected thanks to the discovery of cockroaches in the takeaway.

However, this isn’t the first time Shawarma Town has gotten into trouble. In March 2019, it received a zero-star hygiene rating with calls for improvement.

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Cockroach infestation has been found in Shawarma Town on Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe

At this last inspection by the Council, their food hygiene and safety were rated “poor” and important issues need to be addressed.

In addition, the building itself was rated “poor” in the structural compliance category as there was no confidence in management to handle things like food safety effectively.

Cllr John Davison, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities – Urban, said, “The vast majority of takeaway owners are responsible and abide by food hygiene regulations.

“In this case, however, the standards were unacceptable and the council’s food and safety officers did not hesitate to step in to protect the health of customers.

“This fine should serve as a warning to those business owners who are breaking the law and endangering the health of customers – this will not be tolerated and action will be taken.”

Before the site can be reopened to the public, the site will be thoroughly inspected to ensure that all pest activity has been eradicated and that all standards, particularly hygiene, have been improved.

Shawarma Town was asked to comment.

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