Ealing trader banned from selling food
For the first time in its history Ealing Council has secured a ban against a restaurant owner to stop him from running or managing any food business.
Mr Mohammed Wais, owner of The Green Restaurant, 70 The Green, Southall pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene offences at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 18 August 2011. After hearing details of the case, the magistrates referred the case to Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing.
Mr Wais appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 7 October 2011,where the judge prohibited him from managing any type of food business. Mr Wais was also ordered to pay £1,200 towards the council’s costs and serve 130 hours of community service.
The council’s Regulatory Services officers carried out a spot check at the restaurant after colleagues in the enforcement team spotted a bucket of peeled onions covered in cockroaches outside its back door. The restaurant was selling food to the public knowing it had no electricity on the day of the inspection, which also meant the fridges were not working and there was no hot water for staff to clean their hands.
The officer inspected the public eating area, kitchen and food storage areas and found a huge infestation of cockroaches throughout the premises, as well as mice droppings all over the shelving and inside the fridges. The surfaces and floors of the restaurant were dirty and slimy with ground in grease and food debris.
Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said:
“We are extremely pleased with the court’s decision to stop this man being able to operate a food business. He was selling food to the public, knowing there was no hot water, no electricity and showed no concern for his customer’s health or well being – that is just not acceptable.”