A takeaway owner has been fined thousands of pounds after rat droppings and ‘filthy, greasy and dirty’ conditions were found at the site.
Shaffayat Khan, owner of Eastern Feast in Aylesbury, was ordered to pay £6,550 after pleading guilty to 10 food hygiene offences.
Since the inspection which led to the prosecution, the takeaway has been re-inspected and rated ‘generally satisfactory’ for food hygiene.
Following a complaint earlier this year, inspectors visited the Cambridge Street takeaway and found a large amount of rat droppings in the rear storage area and there was evidence that pests were getting into the site.
The inspection also found that takeaway containers and ingredients were being stored in a flooded cellar and there was no hot water for hand washing.
There were also bits of food and grease underneath work surfaces and behind equipment and the cooker hood had only been cleaned in the parts visible to the public from the counter.
Inspectors added that the owner failed to maintain a ‘documented food safety management system’.
Mr Khan was given a chance to sort out the problems but he did not do enough to avoid prosecution.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “Residents and visitors to Aylesbury Vale have the right to expect the highest food hygiene standards, wherever they eat.
“We expect all food businesses to take food hygiene very seriously and do everything they can to protect their customers from food poisoning.
“We will work with businesses to help them improve and maintain standards, but we will not hesitate to take formal action against those who put public health at risk.”
Inspectors originally visited the takeaway in February.
Environmental health officers are still working with Mr Khan to ensure food hygiene standards are met.