Mould on chopping boards and evidence that rats and mice had been in the premises, were just some of the dirty conditions Environmental Health officers found when they visited a food business.
The operators of A. I. Catering Services Limited, have now been successfully prosecuted by Oldham Council or breaching food safety laws.
On 21 December 2017, a council officer carried out a routine food hygiene inspection at the business on Park Road, Glodwick.
They found inadequate procedures were in place to control pests and that the premises were not being cleaned to an adequate standard.
In addition mould was also found on a kitchen wall and the first floor ceiling was in a state of disrepair.
During the inspection the premises was given a 0 rating. Following a re-inspection this has now gone up to 3.
On February 28 representatives of A. I. Catering Services pleaded guilty to two offences under the Food Safety Hygiene (England) Regulations Act 2013 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court.
The company was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,250 plus a victim surcharge of £120.
Councillor Arooj Shah, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Over the last few years we’ve successfully prosecuted a number of business for flouting food safety laws – effectively putting the health of their customers at risk.
“The majority of the borough’s food businesses – 93 per cent – achieve a food hygiene rating of three or above.
“The small minority must be proactive and keep their premises up to standard. Businesses shouldn’t wait to carry out remedial work until after our officers have visited.”
All food businesses inspected by the council are given a rating based on their compliance with the legal requirements for hygiene, structural condition and confidence in the management.
Following a food hygiene inspection a business is rated from five for a very good through to zero for those premises that need to improve urgently.
It is voluntary for the businesses to display the rating but gives the consumer an indication of its overall level of food hygiene compliance.
All Oldham food business ratings are on the Food Standards Agency website http://ratings.food.gov.uk/QuickSearch.aspx