01 August 2017
On Wednesday 26 July at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Speedbird Hotels Ltd, trading as Star Kebab, Earl’s Court Road and its director, Mr Zahoor Jaffar of Rockways, Barnet London EN5 were ordered to pay nearly £34,000 as a result of having unclean equipment and failure to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice relating to hygiene procedures.
The case was the result of Kensington and Chelsea’s Food Safety Team investigating the premises in May 2016 following a complaint of possible food poisoning. Having found the shop in a poor condition with dirty equipment and inadequate procedures, Star Kebab and Zahoor Jaffar were given a number of opportunities to comply with food hygiene regulations. The Council served two improvement notices in July 2016 as the regulations were still being ignored.
Speedbird Hotels Ltd and Jaffar pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to four offences observed during an inspection on 16 August 2016. These related to a failure to have adequate procedures in place to control pests, have clean equipment, have a food premises that was kept clean, maintained in good repair and condition, complying with a Hygiene Improvement Notice.
In mitigation Jaffar said that he had purchased the business three years ago and that he had no experience dealing with this type of work before. He did seek to remedy the problems but was told by a builder that he would have to close the business while work was carried out. He is extremely sorry that members of the public have suffered and he pleaded at the earliest opportunity. The issues have now been resolved.
Speedbird Hotels Ltd were fined £20,000 with £1,750 costs and Zahoor Jaffar £10,000 with £1,751 costs and £170 victim surcharge. Both have four weeks to pay. There were no separate fines for the failures to have adequate procedures to control pests and keep the premises clean.
Cllr Will Pascall, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough, said:
“This case sends out a clear message to food businesses that they need to keep their premises clean and comply with food safety and food hygiene legislation. Visitors don’t go into restaurants expecting to have their food stored in substandard conditions or to make them ill.
“We are committed to protecting our residents and the wider public who buy food in the borough and we will take action to ensure shops and restaurants comply with food safety law.”
Star Kebab was taken over by new owners at the end of 2016. It now has a 4-star food hygiene rating.