04:11PM, Tuesday 07 July 2015
A Windsor coffee shop which had rat droppings in one of its store rooms, dirty kitchen areas and food at risk of contamination has been convicted of 13 food hygiene offences.
Shabaneh Ltd, which owns Coffea in Thames Street, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday for sentencing after its director, Fred Yaghoubi, had pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing on Friday, June 19.
The offences related to a food hygiene inspection carried out by the Royal Borough’s food and safety officer, Joanne George, at the shop in January last year.
During her two day visit she found egg shells and pasta that appeared to have been gnawed at by rodents and entry points in the ceiling.
The kitchen areas were dirty, food slicing and storing equipment was found to be unclean and build-ups of grease and dirt on window openings failed to prevent the entry of insects.
Ms George also reported that no management systems were in place to ensure rodent control, food temperature control, food room maintenance or cleanliness.
Mr Yaghoubi agreed to close the premises after the inspection but it was reopened seven days later after cleaning was carried out to satisfy the borough’s investigating officer.
Chair of the bench, Mr Winship, told the court at Friday’s hearing that the shop’s hygiene had ‘posed a serious risk to the public and staff.’
He told Mr Yaghoubi his company must pay £31,200 in fines as well as £8,020 legal costs.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “This is an excellent result.
“Securing a conviction in environmental health cases is the result of a lot of hard and coordinated work but it so important because we are talking about the safety and protection of our residents and visitors.”
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.