Peterborough restaurants fined over £5,000 for cockroach infestation

Ali’s Fried Chicken (AFC) and Ali’s Balti House in Peterborough were both found to have a cockroach infestation when council officers inspected the premises in October 2013.

Shazad Ali, owner of the businesses, and Amjaid Ali, AFC’s manager, pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences in light of the cockroach infestation, with both premises closed for a week to allow for deep cleaning. Shazad Ali was fined £250, whilst Amjaid Ali was fined £1,250. Both businesses were also fined over £1,000 each for the offences.

Lisa Borley, an environmental health officer from the council, commented that “We have a duty to protect members of the public from food which could cause them harm and will not tolerate businesses blatantly disregarding public safety. It is unacceptable that someone buying food from AFC or Ali’s Balti House could have been unaware that it could contain harmful bacteria because of a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches foul the space around them with faeces and regurgitated food, which could easily be transferred onto food, and they also carry harmful bacteria which could cause food poisoning.”

Have you become ill due to a roach infestation?

Roach infestations can be a real concern – even though these bugs are little, they can carry big diseases. Cockroaches can live on almost anything and carry diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and gastroenteritis. Food can quickly become contaminated in restaurants or takeaways with a cockroach infestation thanks to their salivary gland excretions, faeces and even the dead insects themselves.

Even if only one or two cockroaches are found, this means that the premises is infested and will usually need to be closed down for deep cleaning. You should report any evidence of roach infestation and subsequent illness such as food poisoning to your local council so that they can investigate, and you may be able to claim compensation as well

Source: Peterborough Today

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