A chip shop owner has been taken to court and fined after an inspection found a number of "serious hygiene issues", including a dead mouse under a freezer along with dirty surfaces and floors.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council successfully prosecuted the owner of Omar Simpson Fish and Chip Shop at Sandfields, Port Talbot following an unannounced visit.

The council says there was evidence of mouse infestation from droppings in the servery, store room and main preparation room.

Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

The takeaway owner, Mr Parmjeet Singh Bilkhu, who was present at the time of the inspection, could not provide a Food Safety Management System or food hygiene training records when asked.

Officers were satisfied that there was an imminent risk of injury to health and a notice was served on Mr Parmeet Singh Bilkhu requiring the premises to close immediately.

On 22nd November Mr Bilkhu pleaded guilty to five food hygiene charges was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for one year, and ordered to pay £800.00 in costs to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

This is an extreme case of poor standards which could have proved dangerous. Food businesses must ensure they comply with the relevant food hygiene legislation so that the food they serve is safe.

Nicola Pearce, Head of Planning and Public Protection at Neath Port Talbot Council
Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council