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Mouse droppings found at city restaurant

2013-02-05 20:47:26

Mugran Alnilain Restaurant

The owner of a Birmingham cafe and takeaway has been ordered to pay over £2,850 after mouse droppings were found in food and on kitchen worktops.

Environmental health officers feared the filthy conditions at Mugran Alnilain Restaurant, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, posed an imminent risk to consumers' health and ordered the business to close, Birmingham Magistrates Court heard.

It was re-opened two days later after owner Elzubier Khasmalmos, 52, cleaned up and the pest problem was sorted out.

Nicola Lee, prosecuting, said city council officers visited the premises for a routine inspection in January last year.

"Mouse droppings were seen throughout and there was evidence food packages and containers had been contaminated," she added.

Droppings were found in a container of tomato puree and boxes of loose potatoes and onions, as well as under a table and around a gas meter. To add to the filth, a muddy bike was left in the kitchen and dirty sponges were found in a sink.

"During the visit the owner confirmed that neither he or his staff had received formal food hygiene and safety training and he wasn't familiar with basic temperature control procedures to stop the growth of bacteria," said Mrs Lee.

Khasmalmos, of Acorn Grove, in Birmingham city centre, pleaded guilty to nine charges of breaching food hygiene regulations.

Inderjit Rayad, defending, said: "These court proceedings and the fact his business was closed for a few days has been a great source of embarrassment to my client within his community."

He said the married dad-of-two bought the business in May, 2011, and the "offences were born from his inexperience in the food business."

"He is very serious about making this business a success," he added. "He has hired a member of staff and the premises are now very clean."

Khasmalmos was fined £1,350 and told to pay £1,500 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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