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'Filthy' Takeaway Posed Serious Health Risk

The way kebabs were stored at the premises.

Kebab house must pay more than £5,000 for breaching hygiene rules

A "filthy" kebab and pizza takeaway business and its owner have been given combined fines of over £3,000 and must pay costs of over £2,500 for serious breaches of hygiene rules.

West Glamorgan Magistrates heard that Glyn Napoli Pizza in Bethania Street, Glynneath, was closed immediately last March following an unannounced inspection by a Neath Port Talbot Council Environmental Health Officer.

Describing the structure and the equipment at the premises as "filthy", she found, among other issues of concern: 

  • Raw burgers and chicken stored above ready to eat foods. 
  • An accumulation of dead insects in an electric fly killer.
  • Filthy and dirty containers being used to store food.
  • A severe accumulation of oil, grease and food debris on the floors and walls.
  • Cooking equipment in a dirty condition.
  • Uncovered raw kebabs being stored in a chest freezer.

In her report, the Environment Health Officer said: "The lack of cleaning and disinfection of the equipment and premises posed a serious risk of contamination to food and a risk to public health."

During the inspection, the voluntary closure of the premises was agreed - the premises had to remain closed until an officer of the Food Safety Department agreed the necessary work had been carried out.

Two revisits were made to the premises by officers, before it was authorised to re-open again on March 30th 2018, three days after the original unannounced visit.

Glyn Napoli Pizza Ltd, the company running the business, ceased trading in October 2018.  A new business under different ownership is now operating from the premises.

At West Glamorgan Magistrates Court on January 29th, 44-year-old Amir Amini, formerly of Bethania Road, Glynneath, the sole director of Glyn Napoli Pizza Ltd, was fined £700 and given a costs order of £2,601.32 plus a victim impact surcharge of £70.

Mr Amini admitted seven food hygiene offences including failing to ensure that food premises were kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition; failing to implement and maintain a Food Safety Management System; and failing to protect food against contamination.

The company Glyn Napoli Pizza Ltd was also fined £2,500 but with no separate costs order or victim surcharge after formally pleading guilty to the same seven charges.

Neath Port Talbot Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr Des Davies, said: "Neath Port Talbot's Council's Environmental Health Team monitor and inspect food premises throughout the borough to protect the public's safety, but those who flout food hygiene laws will face punishment and action.

"I welcome the magistrates' court's decision particularly in this serious case. Serious breaches of food law can result in significant fines and also a prison sentence. I would also like to point out the majority of food outlets in the borough comply with food hygiene laws and have good standards of hygiene."

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