A RAT infested Royton restaurant has been prosecuted by Oldham Council as part of a crackdown on food businesses causing a risk to public health.
On January 25, 2017, the Siam Orchid on Middleton Road was found to have committed a number of food hygiene offences, including; uncontrolled rat infestation, poor cleaning, and poorly maintained equipment.
On the April 19, 2017 officers returned and ordered a nut free Thai Chicken Noodle dish.
The food was sent for formal analysis to the public analyst laboratory. The results came back as unsatisfactory due to the presence of enough peanut protein to cause the food to be a serious health risk to someone with a nut allergy.
At Tameside Magistrates Court on February 22, 2018, the business, previously run by Siam Middleton Ltd, was fined £1,900 with a victim surcharge and costs of £1,650.
They admitted four offences under The Food Safety Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, Regulation 19 and two offences under The Food Safety Act 1990.
Other restaurants discovered to have health and safety offences include Shalimar, Totties, and Godfather Chicken Fried Chicken and Pizza Ltd.
Shalimar, Ashton Road, Oldham was found to have too much peanut protein for a person with allergies when a nut-free chicken tikka masala was ordered on April 20, 2017.
Former Owner Mohammed Amzud Ali Salik, of Werneth Hall Road, Oldham was prosecuted under the Food Safety Act 1990, Section 14 (1) and was fined £175 with a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £1,180.
Similarly, at Totties Limited, Trading as Totties Market Hall, Albion Street, Oldham, a sample of minced lamb was purchased on April 19, 2017 and sent for analysis. It was found to contain 20 per cent cow DNA and 5per cent pig DNA.
Totties has been fined £700 with a £70 victim surcharge and costs of £1,815 costs after admitting an offence under the Food Safety Act 1990 Section 15 (1a and b) – falsely describing or presenting food.
The Godfather Fried Chicken and Pizza Ltd, Union Street, Oldham, has also been found to have evidence of mice throughout the premises, including on surfaces, and the hand wash basin was upside down and hanging from the wall.
The evidence was found on April 18, 2017 alongside evidence of rats in the rear yard and staff wearing no protective clothing.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, OMBC’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Oldham Council is committed to dealing with serious lapses in food hygiene, especially where the safety of residents is put at risk. We will not hesitate to take action.”