Pizza takeaway boss fined over hygiene breaches

Pizza from Frankie & Benny's
Pizza from Frankie & Benny's

A TAKEAWAY in St Helens broke more than a dozen food hygiene regulations.

Sokdev Singh, the owner of Carr Mill eatery Pasha Pizza, was hit with a four-figure fine after pleading guilty to 14 different waste and food hygiene offences before St Helens Magistrates’ Court.

Among the catalogue of offences were charges relating to dirt, decay, mouldy food and blocked drains.

The case was brought by St Helens Council’s environmental health service after neighbours and customers complained about waste food being left in a Wythburn Crescent alleyway back in May 2009.

Since then, Town Hall representatives visited the now defunct takeaway on 11 different occasions - serving several improvement notices on the owners.

Among the improvements demanded were the installation of a wash basin next to the toilet, staff training, a better plan for waste food and a general clean up of the premises.

Despite regular visits from the council, the court heard that Mr Singh failed to control or improve the situation - even though it was impacting on neighbours and customers alike.

Councillor Alison Bacon, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for environmental protection, said: “Environmental health staff have the responsibility for ensuring that our local food businesses operate safely. In protecting public health they seek to work with businesses wherever possible.

“In the case of Pasha Pizza, the business was unwilling to co-operate with officers in maintaining an acceptable standard of hygiene and subsequently this decision to prosecute was taken.”

Mr Singh was fined £4,794, including a £15 victim surcharge and £1,273 costs.

He was also handed a three-year conditional discharge.