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News & Views Restaurant fined over food hygiene

The owner of a Welsh curry restau- rant has been fined more than £11,000 by Haverfordwest Magistrates after admitting to a series of food hygiene and health and safety offences.

Abdul Roshik, who runs the Little India restaurant in Tenby, pleaded guilty to breaching food hygiene rules and was fined £3500 and has to pay over £1200 for costs. The court heard that the offences came to light when the prem- ises were checked by Environmental Health Officers from Pembrokeshire County Council’s Public Protection Department. The inspections uncov- ered the fact that the business had no documented Food Safety Management System, which is now a legal require- ment. Furthermore ready to eat foods

were placed next to raw meat in the refrigerator; no soap or towel was provided at the wash hand basin; and large quantities of cooked chicken and cooked rice were left out at room tem- peratures for prolonged periods.

At the same hearing, Mr Roshik also pleaded guilty to three charges brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as the gas installa- tion on the premises was unsafe. The court heard that given the condition of the equipment and the pipework there was a risk of explosion which could have caused serious injury or worse to employees at the restaurant, custom- ers and neighboring properties. He was fined a total of £5500 for the Health and

Safety breaches and required to pay the County Council £1,250 towards its investigative costs.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, Councillor Ken Rowlands, said the fines showed the serious nature of the breaches and sent a clear mes- sage to all businesses for the need for responsible business management.

“Food business operators must ensure that they undertake their food activi- ties in a safe manner at all times” said Councillor Rowlands. “Failure to do so can have very grave consequences for the people who eat or work at their premises.”

Family claim city curry record

A family which has dished up cur- ries for 73 years is laying claim to be Manchester’s oldest curry res- taurateurs. Four generations of the Khandoker family have run restau- rants around the city, with Sufi Miah Khandoker and his second cousin Salim Uddin-Khandakar being the latest to take on the family restaurant business – running curry houses in Didsbury and Bramhall respectively.

The family history in the Manchester curry trade started when Sufi’s great- uncle, Khandoker Nazir Uddin, opened what is believed to be Manchester’s first curry house, back in 1937. The Bangladeshi-born chef opened Bombay in Ardwick when he was just 31. After 23 years Nazir moved to Longsight, where he opened his second restau- rant, Manzil, in 1960.

Salim adds, “I am very proud of my uncle. His restaurants were around long before the Curry Mile and it’s great to be carrying on the family tradition.”

Spice Business Magazine


March 2011

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