cockroaches in takeaway Published: Tuesday, 24th May 2022

A takeaway owner has pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences after dead cockroaches were discovered in his Failsworth eatery.

On December 2, 2020 Oldham Council Environmental Health staff visited Master Chef, on Oldham Road to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection.

The officers found German cockroaches throughout the shop, including on sticky boards and the serving counter. 

The flooring and equipment were also dirty and there was nothing for staff to dry their hands with at the hand basin.

The business was immediately closed.

Takeaway owner Abdul Ahad, 53 of Wicklow Grove, Oldham and the business were jointly charged with 2 offences under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

On May 19, 2022 at Tameside Magistrates Court guilty pleas were entered for all charges.

Ahad and the business were ordered to hand over a total of £1,934.

Emma Barton, Executive Director for Place and Economic Growth, said: “The details of this prosecution will understandably horrify people.

“No business should operate in dirty and unhealthy conditions.

“If our officers find a business that does then we will take action.”

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