Rat droppings found at food business

Rat droppings found at food business

THE OWNER of a sandwich-making business has been prosecuted after it was found to be littered with rat droppings. 

Deli Sensi owner Mohammed Patel, of Cedar Grove, Batley, admitted 17 food hygiene offences at Leeds Crown Court.

The case was brought to court by Kirklees Council after they witnessed serious offences at two of the company’s premises on Field Lane, Batley and Bretton Street Enterprise Centre, Dewsbury.

The Field Lane premises were closed by Kirklees Council’s Environmental Health Officers in October 2015 due to an active rat infestation in the food production area.

Officers also found it to be in a filthy condition, with no hot water and a serious risk of cross-contamination.

The Bretton Street premises were inspected in January 2016 and officers found that there were inadequate temperature controls of high-risk foods and incorrect labelling of sandwich use-by dates.

Patel was also found guilty of offences including a lack of training, no food safety management system, having an unsuitable delivery vehicle for the transport of sandwiches to shops and providing false or misleading information.

The case is due for sentencing at Leeds Crown Court on November 4.

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