Cockroaches and mice have been found at two branches of a well-known Manchester fast food chain, with council chefs hitting owners with hefty fines totaling nearly £ 13,000.
Bosses of Abdul’s outlets in Levenshulme and Rusholme were fined after town hall chiefs discovered unsanitary conditions and infestations of vermin and insects.
Abdul Ghaffar is the sole owner of Abdul’s Levenshulme, at 998 Stockport Road – and director of Bolton-based Express Fast Food Limited, which operates Rusholme’s branch on the famous Curry Mile.
After a member of the public complained to the council, food safety officers inspected the Levenshulme restaurant and found evidence of a cockroach and mouse infestation.
The take out did not have a pest control contract in place.
Council bosses said the pest problem posed an immediate food safety risk and the take-out had been voluntarily closed.
Pest control was quickly put in place to address the problem.
Abdul’s bosses in Levenshulme were fined £ 4,000 and costs £ 1,000 and a victim fine surcharge of £ 120 at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
During a routine inspection at the Rusholme branch at 121 Wilmslow Road, a city hall environmental health worker discovered dead vermin and cockroaches – as well as mouse and rat droppings.
There were also many food safety issues, including greasy and dirty walls and floors, dirty sinks and sinks, and grubby food equipment.
The company has agreed to voluntarily shut down take-out food until the infestation is brought under control and cleaning standards and food safety practices are upgraded.
Express Fast Food Limited was fined £ 6,000 and advisory fees of £ 1,460 after the company pleaded guilty to food safety and hygiene violations at the Rusholme branch.
Adbul’s was established in 1980 on Wilmslow Road and now has five branches in South Manchester.
Councilor Nigel Murphy, Executive Member of Neighborhood Services, said, “All food businesses need to understand that public safety is of the utmost importance.
“Contempt for pest control and unsanitary conditions will not be tolerated. This is reflected in the severity of the fines imposed on these two takeaways – and I hope they will remind all food establishments that this type of behavior is unacceptable. “
MEN tried to contact Mr Ghaffar for comment – as well as the branch bosses of Levenshulme and Rusholme.