The owner of a former fast food takeaway in Caerphilly town centre has been prosecuted for breaking several food hygiene laws.
Mr M. Elsaouaf, the owner of the former Chico’s Chicken takeaway, in Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, breached several food hygiene regulations, including not having a system to ensure food was safe to eat.
Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court fined him £450 for the offences and ordered him to pay costs of £1,089.
Councillor Lyn Ackerman, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are pleased with the outcome and welcome the action taken by the court.
“The council wants to send out a clear message that any such breaches of food hygiene regulations will not be tolerated and our staff will continue to scrutinise food outlets to ensure they meet the appropriate standards or face the consequences.”
An environmental health officer from the council witnessed the hygiene offences during inspections carried out in August and September last year.
Elsaouaf pleaded guilty to five offences, three of which related to his failure to comply with hygiene improvement notices.
These were served on him due to the fact that staff had received no food hygiene training, the floor surface to the food storeroom was unsuitable and there was no food safety management system in place to ensure that food produced on the premises was safe to eat.
Eleven other hygiene offences were taken into consideration during the hearing on August 27.
Chico’s takeaway ceased trading in September 2008.