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Baby rats nest found during bakery inspection

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07 September 2017

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Horrified food safety inspectors found cockroaches, baby rats and a string of hygiene failings during a routine inspection of an Enfield bakery.

• Horrified Enfield Council food inspectors find rats' nest containing live babies during bakery inspection
• Tatli Dunyasi bakery and owner ordered to pay a total of £7,176 in fines, costs and victim surcharges after admitting six food safety and hygiene offences
• Magistrates described premises as being in an “appalling state”
 
Horrified food safety inspectors found cockroaches, baby rats and a string of hygiene failings during a routine inspection of an Enfield bakery, magistrates have heard.
 
The owner, of Tatli Dunyasi Bakery in High Street, Enfield, Suat Gorur, 42, of no fixed abode, and the company itself both pleaded guilty to six breaches of Regulation 19 of the Food Safety And Hygiene (England) Regulations, 2013, at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 31 August.
 
The bakery was immediately closed down and prosecuted by Enfield Council after a routine food safety inspection on 14 November last year discovered out of control cockroach and rat infestations,  a failure to implement a food safety system, a failure to protect food from contamination, a failure to keep the premises in good repair & condition, and a failure to register as a food business operator.
 
Inspectors also saw cockroaches leaving flour in a dough mixer machine which was used to prepare pastries, insects running around the premises during the inspection, and rat urine and faeces over food packaging materials. A nest of live baby rats was also found living in a wall on the premises.
 
Gorur was fined £1,066 and ordered to pay a £30 Victim Surcharge and £1,000 costs, while the company was ordered to pay £4,000 in fines, an £80 Victim Surcharge and £1,000 in costs.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “This is an appalling case. It stretches credulity to believe the owner and workers didn't know there was a serious pest problem on the premises.
 
“We would much rather work with food businesses to raise standards, but there are occasions when a short, sharp shock is required. The hygiene failings on these premises were simply breathtaking leaving us with no option other than to immediately shut down the bakery and prosecute.

"However, I am pleased the business has now got its act together and are working with us to ensure that there wont be any repeat of the problems we encountered.
 
“This prosecution sends out a strong message that we simply will not stand for poor hygiene standards in Enfield. Residents can rest assured that will take whatever steps are necessary to deal with businesses which are not compliant with the law.

"Enfield Council remains committed towards building strong vibrant communities with clean, safe and well regulated businesses.”