Takeaway boss fined £12k after mice and cockroach infestation discovered - and coleslaw out of date by 95 DAYS on sale

By Adam Maidment

A Trafford takeaway boss has been hit with a £12,000 fine after a ‘horrendous’ mice and cockroach infestation was discovered - alongside tubs of coleslaw which were 95 DAYS past their use-by date and still on sale to customers.

Council environmental health officers visited Latif's takeaway on Stretford Road, Old Trafford, on January 30, 2020.

They found mouse droppings throughout the premises and a German cockroach infestation by the service counter, Trafford council said in a statement.

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The takeaway and 'food contact equipment' were dirty.

Officers discovered staff had no food hygiene training.

There were several containers of coleslaw for sale which were 95 days past their use-by date.

The takeaway was immediately shut ;due to the risk to public health' and the business was given a rating of 0 out of 5.

Health inspectors found the premises to be dirty on a number of visits (Trafford Council)

Officers visited the premises, run by Umar Latif, on several occasions before the business was allowed to re-open.

Returning to the business on August 18, 2020, they discovered that the premises were dirty and food safety management protocols were not being implemented.

Another visit on September 22, 2020, found similar issues.

The owner was charged and summoned to appear in court.

A takeaway boss in Trafford has been fined after health environment officers discovered a mice and cockroach infestation on site. (Trafford Council)

Mr Latif, former director of S Dean & Co Limited, which ran the Latif’s takeaway, pleaded guilty to 10 food hygiene offences at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Friday (October 8), the council said.

He was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 to Trafford council.

Counc Stephen Adshead, executive member for environment, air quality and climate change, said: "The conditions found in the takeaway by our officers were unacceptable and we will do everything we can to prevent cases like this.

"Our residents put their trust into food businesses to operate in a safe manner and we will always take swift action where a risk to public health is found.

"This prosecution shows that we take these matters very seriously and we will continue to do so in the future."

Mr Latif has been approached by the Manchester Evening News for comment.

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