Takeaway operator prosecuted

The operator of a Scarborough takeaway shop has been fined by magistrates after he pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences.

Taner Cankar, who runs Deals in Castle Road, admitted failing to ensure premises were kept clean; failing to ensure that all articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact were kept clean; and failing to ensure that in rooms where food is prepared, floor surfaces were maintained in a sound condition and were easy to clean and disinfect.

The prosecution was brought by Scarborough Council following two visits to the premises by environmental health officers.

Magistrates fined Cankar a total of £750. In addition he was also required to pay a £15 victim surcharge and a further £250 towards the council’s prosecution costs.

Following the court hearing last Friday, Steve Pogson, the council’s Health and Community Safety Manager, said: “Officers are keen to work with businesses to aid them in complying with the food safety requirements. However, where a business persistently fails in its obligations then we will not hesitate to take action to protect public safety.

“The council has adopted the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which gives food businesses a score based on their compliance with food safety law, which helps the public make an informed choice on where they eat out. Deals has a rating of 1 which means major improvement is necessary. Ratings can be accessed at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.”

The court was told that an environmental health officer visited Deals on 6 March this year to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection.

The cleanliness within the premises was found to be very poor, with accumulations of food debris, grease, fat and dirt throughout the kitchen and particularly beneath and behind equipment, dirty equipment and damaged or missing flooring.

Cankar was advised that the conditions within the premises were unacceptable and that a full deep clean should be undertaken. A revisit was carried out on March 14 and at this time standards had not improved. Due to the lack of compliance and previous poor track record the decision to prosecute was then taken.