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Filthy shop pays the price

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24 August 2016

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The Enfield Halal Meat Centre, in High Street, Enfield, EN3, has been ordered to pay £1,550 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge after food safety inspections found dirty surfaces, dead flies, a filthy, leaking wash basin and food/rubbish left in the open air outside the shop.

The Enfield Halal Meat Centre, in High Street, Enfield, EN3, has been ordered to pay £1,550 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge after food safety inspections found dirty surfaces, dead flies, a filthy, leaking wash basin and food/rubbish left in the open air outside the shop.

The shop, together with Aslam Niazi, of Banton Close, Enfield, pleaded guilty to five breaches of The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations, 2013 at Tottenham Magistrates' Court on Thursday 11 August after both were prosecuted by Enfield Council.

During a visit on 11 November 2015, the Enfield Halal Meat Centre was found to have numerous hygiene failings, including filthy surfaces, damaged floor tiles in the food storage chiller, dead flies on the floor, dirty cardboard behind the meat chiller, a dirty hand basin which was also leaking and an external drain in disrepair.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "Outlets which serve food to the public need to comply with certain basic standards. In this case those basic standards were completely ignored and we had no choice other than to prosecute.

"Our first priority is for the welfare of our citizens, not least protecting them from buying food in filthy shops. This prosecution, therefore, sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate lax standards of hygiene in this borough."