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THE operator of a Scarborough takeaway has been successfully prosecuted after he was found to be in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Ali Said Ali Abdul Raham, operator of Marmaris Grill in Dean Road, has been fined a total of £2,500 after pleading guilty to a number of food hygiene offences at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

A Scarborough Council environmental health officer initially visited the site in February last year to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection when food hygiene contraventions were noted and follow up revisits were undertaken to assess compliance with requested remedial work.

Little progress was made and hygiene improvement notices were served in relation to a number of outstanding structural repairs following the next routine inspection in January 2011.

During this same inspection it was found that there was no effective food safety management system being implemented and in addition food safety monitoring records were found to have been falsified.

Further visits made to the premises to check compliance with the notices revealed no work had been undertaken and legal proceedings were initiated.

Steve Pogson, health and community safety manager for Scarborough Council, said: “Despite repeated requests from inspecting officers and being given a considerable length of time in which to carry out repairs, Mr Rahman failed to undertake the necessary work and the council was left with little option but to prosecute.

“It is essential that food premises are able to be cleaned effectively to ensure food is produced in a hygienic environment. Ensuring that all structural surfaces are in good condition and have finishes which can be easily cleaned is an integral part of running a food business.

“In addition every food business has to put in place and maintain documentation indicating what measures they take to ensure safe food production. Although given assistance with implementing a food safety management system, Mr Rahman then failed to maintain the necessary documentation and falsified his records.”