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SHAHANAZ FINED £35,000 OVER FOOD HYGIENE OFFENCES

Shahanaz (IOW) Ltd, which runs the Shahanaz Indian restaurant in Lake, has been fined a total of £35,684 for breaching food hygiene regulations.

Abdul Hamid, who runs the company, pleaded guilty to 4 offences at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court this week. The offences included failing to ensure food was protected against contamination and a lack of staff supervision and training.

The company also failed to comply with an improvement notice issued by the Isle of Wight Council following consistently low food hygiene ratings over a 2-year period.

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Mr Hamid was individually fined £1,295.

The Isle of Wight Council are now warning food establishments that they could too face serious consequences for failing to meet hygiene standards.

The local authority is urging all businesses serving food to ensure they comply with hygiene requirements.

Amanda Gregory, strategic manager for regulatory and community safety services, said:

“We have a high number of food establishments on the Island and the majority operate to a very good standard.

“For those which do not meet the requirements, officers take time to provide advice and information to assist them in complying with food hygiene standards.

“However, this is the third prosecution of a food business this year, which should act as a clear message that we will not hesitate to take enforcement action, if standards do not improve.”

The Council was awarded £3,514 in costs.

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