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Council prosecutes Akeman Street grocery shop for food hygiene offences

News release from 06/03/2019

CAMBRIDGE City Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Parvez Khan, food business operator of Quality Grocers, 76 Akeman Street, for food hygiene offences.

Mr Khan attended Cambridgeshire Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences, including:

  • Failure to keep the food business premises clean and in good repair;
  • Failure to protect food from contamination;
  • Failure to have in place adequate procedures to control pests;
  • Failure to provide the necessary food safety documentation and records;
  • Failure to ensure that unsafe food was not placed on the market.

Mr Khan received a total fine, including legal costs, of £5880.

The offences were discovered during an investigation carried out by the council after a complaint from a member of the public about concerns over evidence of a rodent infestation at the premises.

Officers visiting the premises discovered evidence of rats, mice and pharaoh ants on the food business premises which are all food pests with the potential to cause illness through contamination of foodstuffs.

The cleanliness of the premises was poor – food products were found which had been gnawed and contaminated by rodents, rodents’ droppings were found, and the outside area was littered in waste materials.

Following the investigation by officers the business closed and carried out the necessary remedial works. Upon a further follow-up inspection, and the premises having been deemed to no longer pose a risk to public health, the premises were re-opened. The business ceased trading in 2018.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “Public health should be a top priority for all food businesses in Cambridge and we work closely with businesses to ensure standards are high.

“However, when we find that a company is in breach of its regulations, the public’s health is at risk, so we will not hesitate to take action to ensure their safety.”