Former owner of Mytholmroyd chippy admits 23 food hygiene breaches

A FORMER takeaway owner has admitted 23 breaches of food hygiene regulations.

Tahir Hussain, 27, admitted charges including leaving raw burgers on a chopping board used for cutting vegetables when he ran The Village Fisheries, Mytholmroyd.

Bradford Crown Court heard that the offences took place between December 9, 2010 and February 18, 2011 but the business is now under new management. They included failing to keep cold products refrigerated and cooked products above 63C - which can lead to the formation of toxins and risks food poisoning and more serious illnesses.

Plastic tubs of garlic butter, pineapple chunks, spinach puree, tomato puree and single cream were left open and were unfit for human consumption.

Hussain failed to keep the floor, ceiling and walls clean and in good condition with concerns that particles were shed into food.

The floor covering was also in a state of disrepair allowing the accumulation of dirt.

The interior compartments of a fridge-freezer were not cleaned and disinfected despite being used to store food.

He also failed to clean door seals and handles of the fridge risking contamination every time someone took food from inside.

A potato rumbler, used for removing peels, was not cleaned and maintained in good condition.

While the cloth used for what cleaning was carried out in the kitchen was described as “filthy”.

There was no provision of a handwash basin as is legally required.

A food mixer, metal whisk, dough cushion and pizza oven were also left unclean and in poor condition.

Hussain will be sentenced on November 17.