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Corin Williams05/11/2014 - 15:00

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The kitchen was found to be filthy
The kitchen was found to be filthy

The former owner of a North Yorkshire takeaway has been handed a £1,120 penalty following an inspection by EHOs that resulted in the premises being temporarily closed.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council visited Mario’s in Redcar High Street in January last year.

EHOs uncovered a catalogue of potential health hazards, including a pizza tray stand stored next to the toilet, filthy pizza ovens and fryers and no soap for employees to wash their hands.

A prosecution was brought to Teesside magistrates court on 29 October. Janine Morgan, a council legal officer who prosecuted the case, told magistrates that EHOs used emergency powers to close the business and protect the public.

The former owner, Mohammed El Sayed, 35, of Breckon Road in Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to seven offences under food hygiene regulations.

Mr El Sayed admitted failing to keep the premises and equipment clean, protecting food from contamination, properly training staff and having no food safety management procedures in place.

In mitigation the court heard that Mr El Sayed, was struggling financially and earned very little. However, he accepted responsibility for the offences.

Magistrates issued a fine of £160 for each offence. He was also told to pay £600 towards the council's costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Steve Goldswain, the council's cabinet member for community safety, said: ‘This case underlines how seriously we take any flouting of food hygiene laws.

‘The health of the public is always of paramount importance and any establishments operating in unclean environments will be dealt with effectively.’

Mario's closed permanently, last June, and it is understood that the shop is being refurbished for new tenants.

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