THE OWNER of a restaurant has been ordered to pay £4,000 after council hygiene inspectors discovered a rat infestation had contaminated food on the premises.
Siddiqur Rahman, of Hastings Indian Cuisine, in Queens Road, appeared before the town’s magistrates last week when he pleaded guilty to five breaches of Food Hygiene (England) Regulations of 2006.
Rahman was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,450 court costs to Hastings Borough Council plus a £50 victim surcharge.
Revenue raised from the victim surcharge is used to fund victim services through the Government’s Victim and Witness General Fund.
The court heard food hygiene inspectors visited the property on February 19 last year and issued an emergency prohibition notice.
Rahman appeared before magistrates on February 22 last year when the full closure order was granted. He managed to clean up the property on that day and inspectors returned. They were satisfied that appropriate measures had taken place and allowed the premises to re-open. Last week Rahman was prosecuted by the borough council. He pleaded guilty in court to failing to ensure that rats and flying insects could not gain entry to his food storage and prep areas to prevent contamination, failing to ensure that external doors, windows, pipes or drains were maintained in good repair without any gaps or holes, failing to ensure that food premises were kept clean, failing to ensure that raw materials and ingredients were stored and kept in appropriate conditions to prevent harmful deterioration and protect them from contamination, and failing to ensure that wrapping materials were stored so they were not exposed to a risk of contamination. The restaurant is open for business as usual.