A TAKEAWAY pizzeria in Leamington has been prosecuted for a string of hygiene offences.
Ishtiaq Ahmed, operator of Spicy Bites Pizzeria in Clemens Street, pleaded guilty to 21 hygiene offences discovered during visits by Warwick District Council food safety officers on three occasions last year.
The court heard Mr Ahmed had failed to keep the premises clean, in good order and proofed against the entry of rodents.
Food equipment was also found to be dirty and no sanitiser was available.
Food handlers were also not maintaining satisfactory personal hygiene standards, and no soap or hygienic means of drying hands were available at wash basins.
Magistrates told Mr Ahmed public health had been put at risk, and despite advice from the council it had taken him long time to take remedial action.
Mr Ahmed was fined a total of £666 for the offences and ordered to pay full costs of £3,104, together with a victim surcharge of £66.
District health and community protection spokeswoman Marianne Rolfe said: “Warwick District Council works on a daily basis with food businesses to encourage high standards and to protect the public. The majority of our food businesses do a great job, with 84 per cent of businesses scoring the top ‘5’ food hygiene rating.
“However, when we have businesses who persistently fail to comply with the standards required of them, and, as a result, put the health of our residents at risk, we will always take enforcement action against them.”