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Chester restaurant owners fined over £11,000 for food hygiene offences

£11,848 for food hygiene offences. Credit: Cheshire West & Chester Council

Owners of Chester Foods Ltd, Mr Kashem Ali Tahid, 52, and Mr Mohammed Aamir Latif, 43, trading as Barton Rouge, Steam Mill Street, were convicted of food safety and hygiene offences and fined £11,848 on July 25 at Chester Magistrates Court.

Regulatory Services officers visited the premises in July 2018, to undertake a routine food hygiene inspection and discovered a German cockroach infestation and poor standards of cleanliness throughout the premises.

The restaurant was voluntarily closed with immediate effect until the pest activity could be eradicated and had undergone a deep clean.

It re-opened two weeks later after officers were satisfied there was no risk to public health and standards of cleanliness had been improved.

discovered a German cockroach infestation and poor standards of cleanliness throughout the premises. Credit: Cheshire West & Chester Council

Mr Tahid, who has over twenty years' in the industry is understood to have suffered from some difficult personal circumstances before the inspection, but the Magistrates would only consider this as personal mitigation, given his experience.

In Mr Latif's case, who invested significantly in the company, Magistrates found he should have taken all necessary actions to ensure compliance.

The restaurant was closed for two-weeks whilst it underwent a deep clean. Credit: Cheshire West & Chester Council

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said:

The very poor standards in this restaurant could have had serious consequences for its customers. For any food business the safety of customers must be their top priority.

The vast majority of food establishments in Cheshire West operate to a high standard; we have a duty to the public to take effective action where others do not make the same effort.

Officers within our Regulatory Services Team work proactively to help business owners comply with legislation and meet hygiene standards and food safety.

– Cllr, Karen Shore