Indian restaurant in Belfast fined £1,000 for food safety offences

30 January 2013 by
Indian restaurant in Belfast fined £1,000 for food safety offences

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Belfast has been fined £1,000 for food safety offences, including mould growth in the fridge.

Decaying food particles on the floor and a build-up of grease on the walls were also found during a routine inspection of the Sonali restaurant on Lisburn Road on 6 October 2011.

The prosecution was taken by Belfast City Council, which said in a statement: "Articles directly in contact with food were not kept clean.

"The officer noted damaged food containers in the fridge, which exposed the food to a risk of contamination, and part of the kitchen floor was incapable of being cleaned."

Other offences included foodstuffs not being protected from risk of contamination owing to a lack of staff hand-washing and raw food being stored above ready-to-eat food, reported the Belfast Telegraph.

The restaurant's former owner, Babu Rahman, who has taken over in the kitchen since the offences took place, said that standards had improved.

He said: "I was chef from away back in 1994 as well. Obviously I should have stayed in the kitchen."

Sonali Belfast Ltd, which owns the restaurant, was also ordered to pay court costs of £66 in relation to six separate offences.

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By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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